Retrospective: Margaret Peterson (O'Hagen)
Work influenced by a long association with the Indians of Vancouver Island marks the painting of Margaret Peterson (O’Hagan). Peterson, described by former colleagues and students as a “brilliant” critic of student work and a “passionate” teacher, was an Associate Professor of Art who resigned her position at UC Berkeley in protest against the loyalty oath. Although Peterson went on to a long career in painting, with many exhibits and prizes to her credit, she never returned to the university. Peterson graduated from Berkeley in 1926 and received the M.A. in 1931, studying under Worth Ryder. She began teaching in the Department of Art in 1928. Peterson died in 1997 at the age of 94.