Margot Tweedy Egan died peacefully at home on Sept. 4, 2023. The cause was pulmonary complications from Hodgkin’s disease, for which she had received radiation treatment many years earlier. She was 68.
The daughter of Gordon and Mary (Johnson) Tweedy, Margot was born on May 2, 1955 in New York City. She was reared in Manhattan, Brewster, N.Y., and Stowe, Vt., where her father was president of the local ski area. She grew up skiing.
As a student at the Dana Hall School in Wellesley, Margot studied for a semester in Switzerland, holding her own in the local ski races. “Skiing was like walking to her,” said her husband, Eric Egan.
Margot graduated from Yale in 1977. As a young woman, she lived for a time on an old wooden Chris-Craft at the 78th Street Boat Basin on the Hudson River and tried her hand at acting and writing. But social work became her passion.
She earned an M.S.W. at New York University under the supervision of Otto Kernberg at New York Hospital and Dr. Jonas Kohler of the William Alanson White Institute, with whom she remained close until his death in 2011.
She subsequently set up in private practice in the Carnegie Hill section of Manhattan. She also served on the board of the Austin Riggs mental health center in Stockbridge.
While vacationing one summer in Lenox, Margot took up rowing. She met Eric Egan on the water there, and they married on May 15, 1999 at The Lake in New York’s Central Park.
They subsequently had twin sons, William and Landfield. As a family, they spent their time in New York City, Stockbridge, and later in Truro, which became dear to her.
Margot loved the ocean, and through an artist friend from Boston she found a house on Bay View Road in North Truro to rent — a rustic structure with a wood stove and daylight visible from the inside through the cracks in the siding. The house had been built from a Sears Roebuck kit in the 1950s.
Margot loved her time there, especially in the fall, when she would walk for miles on the oceanside beaches in the mornings and evenings.
The last time Margot and Eric rented the “Sears House,” Eric said, the wood stove had been replaced with a propane unit, much to Margot’s dismay. “It seemed to take the charm out of that little house,” he said.
In the fall of 2017, they bought their own Truro place, a modest house high above the water on Corn Hill. In the years that followed they took every opportunity to spend time there. It was her favorite place in the world.
Margot was a voracious reader of all genres of literature. She shared that love by recording books for the blind.
Margot had a way of making all her friends, and most everyone she met, feel special through simple everyday conversation. Her graciousness, courage, curiosity, and commitment to family will be missed but is her wonderful legacy.
Margot is survived by her husband, Eric, and their sons, William and Landfield, of Stockbridge, and by her sister, Clare McMorris of New York City. She was predeceased by another sister, Ann Savage.
She was buried at the Old North Cemetery in Truro on Sept. 7, 2023, in a “green burial,” which she began planning six months before she died. She and Eric bought a double plot in May as a birthday present for each other in their shared natal month.
Contributions can be made in Margot’s memory to Doctors Without Borders or the American Civil Liberties Union.