Tuesday, April 15, 2003


Nancy Magro grew up at Peterloon

By Rebecca Goodman
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Nancy Post Magro, former Cincinnatian and granddaughter of Charles Dana Gibson, the illustrator who created the "Gibson Girl," died of heart failure April 7 at her home in Camden, Maine.

Mrs. Magro, 83, was the widow of John Magro, a Cincinnati advertising executive and businessman who was on the board of the Cincinnati opera.

She was born in New York, N.Y. in 1919 to Irene Langhorne Gibson, daughter of the celebrated illustrator, and George B. Post III, grandson of one of America's greatest architects.

She was also a grandniece of Lady Nancy Astor, the first woman elected to the British Parliament, who was the sister of her grandmother, also named Irene Langhorne Gibson.

Her mother married John J. Emery - developer of the Carew Tower in Cincinnati - in 1926. Mrs. Magro grew up at Peterloon, the Emery family estate, in Indian Hill.

She married John Magro at St. James Episcopal Church in New York in 1943. They raised their family at Markin Farm in Montgomery.

They had lived in Maine since 1991.

Mrs. Magro was preceded in death by her husband in 1998 and a daughter, Victoria M. Pfeil, in 2000.

Survivors include two sons, Jonathan P. Magro of Indian Hill and Benjamin Magro of Appleton, Maine; two daughters, Susan M. Pfeil of New Canaan, Conn., and Nancy L. Magro of Windham, N.H.; a brother, George B. Post of Norwalk, Conn; a half-brother, Ethan Emery of San Miguel, Mexico; two half-sisters, Irene Emery Goodale of Atlanta and Lela E. Steele of Cincinnati; and nine grandchildren.

Services have been held. Interment was at Seaview Cemetery in Rockport, Maine.

Memorials: Robert Gagnon Cancer Fund, c/o Northeast Health, 22 White St., Rockland, Maine 04841; or the Camden-Rockport Animal Rescue League, P.O. Box 707, Rockport, Maine 04856.

E-mail rgoodman@enquirer.com

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