June 8, 1936 – June 13, 2016
Marilyn Gohr McTaggart, a noted graphic and interior designer, died June 13 in her Buffalo home after a long illness. She was 80.
Born in Buffalo, the former Marilyn J. Gohr was a graduate of the Buffalo Seminary. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Latin and Greek from Radcliffe College and a bachelor of fine arts degree in graphic design from the University of Buffalo.
She established M. J. Gohr McTaggart Graphics Design, an independent graphic and interior design firm, and for more than 50 years worked primarily with not-for-profit clientele. She was the first woman to serve as an art director for a leading exhibit firm in Western New York, Hadley Exhibits. She retired in 2011.
She received the Western New York Art Directors Award, the Brown Mills Creativity Award and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education Award for Secondary School Publications. She also received a doctor of humane letters degree from D’Youville College, where she worked with Dr. Paul Hageman to develop the chiropractic program.
Mrs. McTaggart was active as a volunteer for the Niagara Frontier Radio Reading Service, Hospice Buffalo, Canaan Ministries and St. Adalbert’s Catholic Church.
In 1985, she and her husband established the Allan G. & M. J. Gohr McTaggart Foundation, which supported advanced study, social services and alternative medicine for nearly 30 years.
Her husband of 35 years, Allan G., an architect, died in 2000.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Westminster Presbyterian Church, 724 Delaware Ave.