In Memory of Margaret McBride

Wife of the First Dean of the College


BGSU Firelands mourns the passing of Margaret McBride, wife of the first Dean of the College, Dr. James H. McBride.  Margaret died peacefully on Tuesday, April 5, 2016.

Supporting Dr. McBride in the early years of the campus, Margaret was a highly recognizable face throughout BGSU Firelands.  She and her husband embraced students as if they were family, following their successes with personal notes long after they left the BGSU Firelands campus.  They were regular participants in campus events, both formal and informal, and were credited with creating the positive environment that enveloped the school.

Margaret was a member of BGSU Presidents Club Jerome Society and provided significant financial support to the College.  She contributed to campus capital improvements, the development of the arboretum, which was eventually named in honor of Dr. McBride, and she supported the arts.

A passionate advocate of student success, Margaret created two endowed scholarships: the Frank A. & Anna I. McBride Memorial Scholarship and the James H. & Margaret B. McBride Scholarships.  Generations of students will continue to benefit from her investment in BGSU Firelands students.

Her complete obituary and funeral details can be viewed at