Margaret “Peggy” Walsh Emme was born in Philadelphia, PA in 1957 at Nazareth Hospital. Her parents are Marita A. Dunphy and Richard J. Walsh. They both owned business while Mrs. Emme was a child. Her mother owned a small boutique in the basement of her parents’ house (Mrs. Emme’s maternal grandparents) and her father owned a local tavern. Mrs. Emme would help out at both of these businesses. Mrs. Emme is the oldest of five children. Her four younger brothers are: Richard, Michael, Brian, and John. She attended Catholic school as a child, first attending St. Bernard’s Parochial School and then St. Hubert’s Catholic High School for Girls. Mrs. Emme graduated from St. Hubert’s in 1975. She was married twice. She married her first husband, Mr. Eddie Laurer in 1975. Mrs. Emme remains married to her second husband, James L. Emme, whom she married in 1984. She has mothered two children: a daughter, Jamie Emme, and a son, James “Foz” Emme. Both of her children graduated from LaSalle University. Mrs. Emme herself graduated from LaSalle in 2008 and 2011, respectively. She received an AA Liberal Arts in 2008 and a BS Business Administration in 2011. Throughout her life, Mrs. Emme has spent time working in both the corporate world and the academic one. She worked at Film Corporation of America, General Accident Life Assurance Corporation of America, Inter Space Interior Design, and Spiegel. She has also served as a lunch mother at St. Matthew’s Parochial School and has held various positions at LaSalle University. For example, Mrs. Emme worked under three separate university presidents as their back up secretary. The presidents were: Br. Joseph Burke, FSC; Mr. Nicholas Giordano, and Br. Michael McGinnis, FSC. Mrs. Emme claims to have a close relationship with several of the Christian Brothers. She also worked under two Vice Presidents of Enrollment Services: Mr. Ray Ritchie and Mr. John Dolan. Currently, Mrs. Emme is the Assistant Director of Transfer Admissions at LaSalle University. Mrs. Emme had not been interviewed previously and she offers valuable insights since she experienced LaSalle as a student, employee, and mother of alumni. Furthermore, she has interesting takes on the differences between corporate and academia and she speaks freely of her experiences here at LaSalle University.
Emme, Margaret and Contente, Carlos M., "Interview of Margaret "Peggy" Emme" (2015). All Oral Histories. 90.
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