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Margaret K.J. Ohara

Margaret “Maggie” Ohara of Alfred, NY, died Aug. 14, 2010, while recovering from heart surgery at Rochester General Hospital.

She was born on April 14, 1928, reared and educated in Hawaii. As a young girl, she performed as an aerial and acrobatic artist with civic organizations and a popular circus in Hawaii as well as the USO during World War II. An accomplished swimmer and diver, she held a Swimming National Championship which qualified her for the Olympic Games. A major disappointment was the cancellation of the Games because of the war.

Maggie was a certified Civil Service employee with positions at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; the Veterans Administration, Internal Revenue Service, and Army Signal Corps, all in Philadelphia; and Fort Jackson, SC. Her last employer was Alfred University where she worked in the business office. But her main contribution is the AU Women’s Swim Team which she founded and coached successfully.

The lasting images of Maggie are a graceful dancer and a gracious hostess. She loved dancing, especially the fox trot, rumba, waltz, and jitterbug, the old dances which she felt required precision and grace. She also loved to entertain family and friends, and this was expressed primarily through her dinners, simple and sumptuous. Cooking was almost a passion, and her favorite Asian-Hawaiian dishes were best realized at her annual Chinese New Year buffet supper. Many called her “the perfect hostess” or “the best cook.”

Whatever, she was dearly loved by many, and that includes her surviving family: her husband of 58 years, Dr. David M. Ohara, emeritus professor of English and film at AU; daughter Stacey Kiyo Ohara of Los Angeles; son Darren and his wife Deb; grandson Justin; and great granddaughters Mackenzie and Jaden.

According to Maggie’s wishes, there will be neither a viewing nor a memorial service. Instead of flowers, please donate to the Alfred Ambulance Co. or the charity of your choice.

To send a remembrance, please visit: http://www.brownandpowers.... The family is being assisted by Adam E. DuBois.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the Robertson Funeral Home of Hornell.