MADISON - Margaret Ann Kohli, age 98, passed away on April 3, 2013 at Oakwood Lutheran Homes-West.
Margaret was born in Monroe, WI on March 4, 1915, to parents Maud and Louis H. Kohli. She graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1937 and received her M.S. degree at the University of Urbana-Illinois. In 1941, she became Director of the Physical Therapy Department at the U.W.-Madison, where she served for 37 years and became Emeritus Professor.
Upon her retirement in 1980, to honor her for a distinguished career of teaching and service at the University of Wisconsin and to recognize her many contributions to the profession of physical therapy, the Margaret A. Kohli Scholarship Fund for students in physical therapy was established.
In 1998 Margaret received the Hall of Fame Award from the University of Wisconsin. Her name is synonymous with superb educational preparation, the demand for high ethical standards, and the growth of physical therapy to the strong profession it has become.
She was active in the American Physical Therapy Association throughout her career, serving in several leadership roles including The Board of Directors. Margaret received the Lucy Blair Award as well as a commendation from the House of Delegates for her significant contribution to the growth and development of the physical therapy profession.
Margaret was a Member of the Nat'l Society Daughters of the American Revolution, Nat'l Society of New England Women, Nat'l Society Women Descendants of the Ancient & Honorable Artillery Company, Bascom Hill Society, Wisconsin Historical Society, Wisconsin Alumni Association, University League, First Families of Ohio, Ohio Genealogical Society, Friends of the Arboretum, and First United Methodist Church.
During retirement, she was very active in researching and compiling her family genealogy as well as weaving and traveling.
She is survived by her sister, Mrs. Mary Ann (David) Duncan, Corvallis, Oregon. Three nephews: Professor Robert (Sally) Duncan, Corvallis, Oregon, Dr. George Duncan, Baltimore, Maryland, John R. (Deborah) Kohli, Palo Alto, California. One niece: Margaret (Richard) Lane, Charlottesville, Virginia and eight grand nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Elizabeth Kohli, and a brother, John L. Kohli.
Margaret's interment will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Monroe, Wisconsin.
In Lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: the Margaret A. Kohli Scholarship Fund, University of Wisconsin Foundation, 1848 University Ave. Madison, WI. Or the Oakwood Village Foundation, 6201 Mineral Point Road, Madison, WI.