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Margaret Moorman Banks Kehrer, born July 29, 1922, in Bolivar, TN, was brought to Virginia Episcopal School at one month of age by her parents, Joseph Kentworth Banks, Sr., and Margaret McAnulty Banks.

After growing up on the VES campus where her father taught for 43 years, and attending Lynchburg public schools, Margaret graduated from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College in 1943. A chemistry major, she was one of the first women chemists hired by DuPont during WWII.

After marrying Victor John Kehrer on January 1, 1944, in the Langhorne Memorial Chapel, Margaret and Vic spent a six-month honeymoon at the Hun School in Princeton, NJ, where Vic was teaching. Soon thereafter they became part of the Manhattan Project and moved to Oak Ridge, TN, Vic a supervisor, and Margaret a statistician. After Vic’s work at the Mellon Institute in Pittsburgh, the Virginia Institute for Scientific Research in Richmond, the Allied Chemical and Dye Corp, in Syracuse, and Pratt Whitney Aircraft in Hartford, enough snow and cold weather sent them back to Virginia. After Vic’s teaching at Christ Church School, they returned to VES.

Wherever they lived, Margaret volunteered in museums, for Meals on Wheels, the Lynchburg Area Food Bank, Presbyterian Women, and the Guild and the gift shop at Westminster-Canterbury. Countless individuals have been recipients of her birthday cards and angel food cakes.

Margaret’s unusual hobby was capturing spider webs on slate—all of which are treasured by many throughout the country. A member of First Presbyterian Church, Margaret was also devoted for many years to the P.E.O. Sisterhood.

Survivors include her son, Paul John Kehrer (Laura Lee); her brother, Joseph K. Banks, Jr.; a nephew, Joseph K. Banks, III: and a niece, Catherine Anne Banks.

 Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Lynchburg, is assisting the family.

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Caroline Slater

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January 17, 2021

I met Margaret (and her father) in VA when I was a young teenager. Her kindness in welcoming me into her extended family was my first experience of generous Southern hospitality, This visit included my choice of one of her spiderweb creations on slate which I still have 40 years later! Sending my love to Jo, Paul, Jody and Cathy from Caroline

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Joseph K. Banks III, aka Jody

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January 17, 2021

Aunt Margaret was one of the kindest and most compassionate people I have ever known. Her selfless manner and genuine concern for others was fortified by remarkable intelligence and a lively sense of humor. A devoted daughter, wife and mother, she was also a pioneer in her time - a female scientist surrounded by men working on one of the most important and transformative projects in human history. It was an accomplishment she rarely acknowledged and which you might never suspect as she greeted you with a smile, an inquiry about your well-being, and a twinkle in her eye. I will miss her gentle presence in our lives, but her example will endure. My condolences to all who knew and loved her.

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Sharon Cash

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January 11, 2021

Margaret volunteered for me for the 17 years I was Director of Lynchburg Area Food Bank she was such a dedicated volunteer and one if the sweetest lady I have ever known I did get to visit with her at Westminister many times and enjoyed working jigsaw puzzles while there and I do have one of her spider web art pieces that I cherish My thoughts and prayers are with you all Sharon Cash

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Charlie Layne

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January 11, 2021

Mary Jane and I visited Marmie often and always enjoyed her memories of their childhood and VES. I continued visiting after MJ's passing (2015) and will miss her. She didn't often go out but I did manage to take her over the Parkway for lunch at Peaks of Otter which she seemed to enjoy. My condolences

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Joan rooks

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January 11, 2021

Margaret was a delightful person and a helper in many settings. She was our greeter when we first moved to WC. She shall be missed. Our sympathy to Paul and his wife. Joan Brooks and Craig Hove

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Robert Kackley

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January 8, 2021

Paul so sorry for your loss .Your Mother most have been a wonderful woman She will be with you in your heart for a lifetime. No that Deb and I are keeping you in our prayers.

 

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