Margaret Van Clief Bred racehorses

January 18, 1991

Margaret R. Van Clief, a native of Baltimore who was a breeder and owner of thoroughbred racehorses, died of cancer Sunday at her home, Nydrie Farms in Esmont, Va.

Services for Mrs. Van Clief, who was 67, were held Tuesday at Christ Episcopal Church in Glendower, Va.

The former Margaret Robertson attended what is now Notre Dame Preparatory School before her graduation from Friends School. She then attended Bryn Mawr School before entering Vassar College, from which she graduated in 1945.

The next year, she married Daniel G. Van Clief, and they operated Nydrie Farm and Stud for many years. Mr. Van Clief, who also served in the Virginia Legislature, died in 1987.

Her survivors include four sons, Daniel G. Van Clief Jr. of Nicholasville, Ky., Barry R. Van Clief of Miami, and J. Courtland and Alan S. Van Clief, both of Charlottesville, Va.; a brother, Frank Barry Robertson Jr. of Jacksonville, Fla.; and seven grandchildren.

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