Margie Petersen, wife of publishing magnate Robert E. Petersen, passed away November 25. at the age of 76.
Margie McNally Petersen was born and raised in New York and worked as a professional model and television actress, as well as appearing on numerous magazine covers. She married Robert E. Petersen, whose publishing empire is credited with creating the automotive journalism genre as we know it today. The Petersen Publishing Company launched a number of prominent automotive magazines including Motor Trend, Hot Rod, and Car Craft.
Following the sale of the company in 1996, the couple became involved with a number of philanthropic endeavors including the St. John’s Health Center, the John Wayne Cancer Institute, and the Boys and Girls Club of Hollywood. Mrs. Petersen recently gave $100 million to the Petersen Automotive Museum, which she cofounded with her late husband in 1994. She also served on the board of directors of the museum, which houses the Petersens’ car collection and attracts more than 150,000 visitors per year.
Mrs. Petersen, who fought a decades-long battle with breast cancer, co-founded Stop Cancer and the Cedars Sinai Research for Woman’s Cancers. The Petersens’ two sons died in a plane crash in 1975.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Petersen Automotive Museum at 6060 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036, online at petersen.org, or to the charity of your choice in Mrs. Petersen’s honor.
Source: Petersen Automotive Museum