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Margaret Junker

Dr. Margaret Junker

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Memorial service planned for Junker, Dec. 16

A memorial service is planned for Saturday, Dec. 16, for Dr. Margaret Junker, known for her pioneering role as the University's first female physician after it became a coeducational institution.

The service will begin at 2 p.m. in the William Penn Lounge at Crosslands in Kennett Square, Pa. Junker died Nov. 29 at her home in Kennett Square of cancer at age 84.

Junker's career was remarkable for her work in the field of college health, where she confronted many new medical and social issues in the '60s and '70s. Sexuality, drugs and the emergence of women's issues commanded much of her professional attention.

Junker joined what is now Princeton University Health Services in 1973 and served as a physician there until her retirement in 1989. She was the guiding force of the Sexuality Education Counseling and Health Program and was a powerful advocate for the female population of students first admitted in 1969. She also was instrumental in establishing the first occupational health and safety program at the institution, as well as the first educational physical assessment program for nurses.

Born in New York City, Junker earned degrees at Vassar College in 1943 and the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University in 1947.

At Southampton College of Long Island University, which she joined at its inception in 1963, she served as college physician and director of the student health service until 1973. During this period she was involved in the region's first drug abuse councils and educational organizations, often serving as chair.

Her professional dedication extended to community affairs. She served on the Princeton Borough Board of Health, the Princeton Regional Health Commission and the Stony Brook Regional Sewerage Authority, which honored her in 1989 for her outstanding environmental work.

Junker is survived by her daughter, Ellen of Jericho, Vt., and two sons, Peter of Easton, Pa., and Valentine of Princeton.

Arrangements are being handled by the Kuzo and Grieco Funeral Home in Kennett Square. Online condolences may be made by visiting

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