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Merritta "Margi" Norvell Florence '54

Margi Florence was MacMurray's first African-American graduate. In 1994, Larry Kuster and Ernie Downey established a scholarshp in her honor. She earned a MSE from Drake University and a MA from the University of Iowa. She received the Distinguished Alumni Award in 1993 and an Honorary Degree, Doctor of Humane Letters, in 1996. Margi retired in 2004 after 50 years with Des Moines public schools where she taught and was a librarian. She has also been active with the YWCA and her local hospital board.