Margaret D. Pratt

Honored by:Ruth P. Neppl
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Margaret Dunkelberg Pratt (ISU ‘35) Emmetsburg, Iowa was born at Rockford Iowa the daughter of Laura Peaks Dunkelberg and Ray Dunkelberg. Following graduation from Iowa State Teachers College in 1929 she taught school at Ionia and Rock Falls, IA.

In 1935 she received a bachelor's degree from Iowa State College and moved to Emmetsburg where she worked as Home Demonstration Agent until 1944. She "retired" for a few years to raise her family and in 1951 began teaching vocational home economics at Graettinger, IA until 1962. She rejoined the extension service and served Palo Alto and Kossuth Counties as home economist until her retirement.

From 1977 through 1979 she volunteered in the Peace Corps as a nutritionist in Jamaica, West Indies. Throughout her professional career she was an innovative leader. Under her guidance the 4-H Club Program in Palo Alto County grew from three to 21 local clubs. In addition she piloted the Expanded Nutrition Program in Kossuth and Palo Alto Counties in the late 1960s.

She has a strong belief in service to community and all peoples in need of assistance. Margaret married Gregson Pratt at Rockford IA, in 1940. Their children are Ruth Pratt Neppl (ISU '66) Robert Pratt James Pratt and Mary Jane Pratt McWilliams. She has 11 grandchildren.