Margy P. Sharpe, 65, museum administrator

August 23, 2002

Margy P. Sharpe, a retired museum administrator, died of cancer Tuesday at Stella Maris Hospice at Mercy Medical Center. The Federal Hill resident was 65.

Born and raised in Omaha, Neb., the former Margy Lou Pentzien earned a bachelor's degree in art history from Wellesley College in 1958 and began her career working at the Boston Public Library. In 1972, she earned a master's degree in art history and museum administration from George Washington University.

After her marriage to David J. Sharpe in 1958, the couple moved to Bethesda, where they lived until moving to Federal Hill in 1998. He is a retired George Washington University law professor.

Mrs. Sharpe, who had catalogued the art collection of David Lloyd Kreeger, the noted Washington collector of paintings, sculpture and African art, went to work for the Smithsonian Institution Press in 1979.

In 1981, she left to become a consultant for the New Zealand-United States Arts Foundation and ended her career as exhibitions and catalog coordinator for the National Museum of Art, from which she retired in 1990.

She enjoyed writing stories for her grandchildren, painting, sculpting, photography and gourmet cooking. She also liked visiting Tallboys, a second home in Maine that she remodeled.

Mrs. Sharpe was a member of the Mount Vernon Club in Baltimore.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at St. David's Episcopal Church, 5150 Macomb St., Washington.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Sharpe is survived by a son, David B. Sharpe of New Orleans; a daughter, Elizabeth Sharpe of Glenn Dale in Prince George's County; a sister, Carol Ann Meehan of Boise, Idaho; a half-brother, Roger Pentzien of Omaha; and three grandchildren.

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