We love to tout our agents’ professional contributions to the real estate industry, for there are many. Those are important and all, but at the end of the day, how an agent invests their personal time is often what is most endearing about them. For years, Peggy Millheiser has given of her time freely to others– while balancing it with a successful real estate business — and it’s this lifestyle of service that had the attention of her alma mater (Finch College) earlier this year.
The Finch College Alumni Association Foundation Trust annually presents The Jessica (Finch) Cosgrave Lifetime Achievement Award to honor today’s outstanding alumnae. Peggy was one of five recipients at the 22nd annual award show in May, hosted at the Cosmopolitan Club in NYC.
Finch was a baccalaureate women’s college located in the borough of Manhattan. It began as a private secondary school for girls and later developed into a liberal arts college. Finch closed in 1976 for various reasons and its enrollment records were passed to Marymount Manhattan College, but the strong alumnae base formed an association in 1993 to keep relationships going and to preserve the school’s history. Peggy has maintained her involvement with Finch since graduating in 1975 with a BFA degree.
Nominations for the award are solicited from all Finch alumnae. A Finch College alumna is defined as one who attended the college and remained in good standing as a student.
CRITERIA FOR NOMINATION OF A CANDIDATE
Achievement must reflect a significant contribution to public life, the arts, business and/or volunteer work, which candidates have done in their community throughout the country or world. Nominees should be a respected and distinguished Finch Alumni who have demonstrated continued devotion to the Finch College motto Ineamus Meliora (strive toward the best), whose extraordinary achievement deserves acknowledgment and recognition.
An excerpt from Peggy’s Award Show Program bio:
“Peggy, a fourth generation Texan and resident of Dallas, where she was born and raiased, read about Finch College in a brochure. It told about art history courses, which she wanted. She arrived at Finch in 1972… She met her husband, Dave, in her senior year. They were married two years later and stayed another seven years in New York, where Dave was working. He had a business offer in Dallas so they moved, settled down and raised a daughter and son there.
When her children were in elementary school, Peggy learned there was no creative writing course and no summer reading course. This bothered her so she created the courses herself…
Peggy’s humanitarian efforts stretched further in the 1980s when many Russian immigrants were coming to the states and needed places to stay. Peggy and her family offered their help…, and (they) looked after a Russian family for two years.”
Peggy’s educational efforts extended well through her kids’ time in school, and included board/leadership roles in various PTAs. As you look at her lengthy Curriculum Vitae through the years, you’ll see concurrent passions for the arts, her fellow man and her faith also run deep.
She and Dave also have an adventurous side – they took temporary leave of Dallas from 1996-1999 to live in the foothills of the Andes mountains in Santiago, Chile, where Dave pursued a business opportunity.
Amazing that with all this, she has still found time for a successful 17-year real estate career with Dave! Congratulations on this great honor, Peggy!