Margot Siegel - Obituary
Margot Siegel, age 91, of Miami, FL, formerly of Minneapolis, passed away
February 24, 2015.
Margot had an over-65 year career as journalist, publicist, author,
columnist, and real estate entrepreneur in Minnesota, New York, and Miami,
Florida, where she resided for the last fifteen years.
Born in St. Paul, Minnesota on April 2, 1923, she went on to graduate from
University High School in 1940 and the University of Minnesota in 1944 with a
B.A. degree in journalism and advertising. She was also the first teaching
assistant in the University’s then-new American Studies program.
She was a news and feature writer in the American Red Cross during World War
II and later became a reporter and editor at Women’s Wear Daily in New York,
after a stint in Hollywood as a publicist. She also was an overseas
correspondent in 1947-48 for Fairchild Publications, the parent company of
Margot returned to Minneapolis in the ‘50’s and married the late attorney
Harold Siegel, with whom she had two children, William and Sandra, and three
She became the public relations director of Walker Art Center in the 1960’s,
followed by stints as a feature writer and columnist for the “Minneapolis
Star & Tribune,” Corporate Report Magazine and Twin Cities Magazine. For
10 years she was a columnist for Skyway News and was the author of “Look Forward
to a Career! Fashion,” (Dillon Press) which went into three printings. She
contributed to the “Encyclopedia of Clothing and Fashion.” (Charles
Scribner’s Sons, 2005).
She was the co-owner of Siegel-Hogan Enterprises for 17 years, and after her
husband’s death in 1989, took over his real estate company which became
Margot is the founder of the Palm Spring (Calif.) Fashion Group and the
Friends of the Goldstein Museum at the University of Minnesota. She was a
member of the Overseas Press Club of America and was a charter member of the
now-defunct Minnesota Press Club. She is also a member and former director of
the Mpls/St. Paul Fashion Group.
She has been included in Who’s Who of American Women and other publications
and has many local and national awards, including the University of
Minnesota’s Alumni Service Award.
Her mother was Jeanne Auerbacher, the well-known buyer of Dayton’s Oval Room
in its heyday of the ‘40’s and ‘50’s. Her father was William Auerbacher.
Margot is survived by son, William; daughter & son-in-law, Sandra Siegel
& C. Douglas Gluck; grandchildren, twins, David and Steven Gluck and