Marguerite VerKruzen, 89, professor, athletics official

March 24, 2006

Marguerite "Murgo" VerKruzen, a retired professor and former assistant director of women's athletics at what is now Towson University, died from complications of a stroke March 17 at Manor Care Ruxton. She was 89.

Born and raised in Mamaroneck, N.Y., Miss VerKruzen earned her bachelor's degree in 1939 from Barnard College and a master's degree in physical education from Wellesley College in 1941.

She taught at Larson Junior College in New Haven, Conn., Lindenwold College in St. Louis, and Chatham College in Pittsburgh, Pa., before joining the old Towson State faculty in 1962.

During her tenure, she served dual roles in the physical education and athletic departments. She took part in laboratory courses for the teaching of sports skills, physiology of exercise and coaching.

During the 1970s, she was associate director of women's athletics and coached the women's basketball team. She also coached field hockey, volleyball and softball and was inducted into the university's Athletic Hall of Fame in 1990.

Miss VerKruzen, who retired in 1987, was a member of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, the University Field Hockey Association and the American Association of University Professors.

The Ruxton resident enjoyed photography, bird watching, hiking, biking and growing African violets.

Miss VerKruzen was a communicant and member of the altar committee of the Episcopal Church of the Holy Comforter, 130 W. Seminary Ave., Lutherville, where a memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. April 8.

There are no survivors.

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