Margaret Hull, age 70, of Minneapolis, died on July 3 at home surrounded by her family. After a successful career as a clinical psychologist for Atlantic County in New Jersey, Margaret had moved to Minneapolis in 2001 to live with the family of her sister, Elizabeth Athorn. Margaret had faced serious health issues all her life. At the age of 8 in 1952, she survived polio and lived and worked from a wheelchair for the rest of her life. Her indomitable will and cheerful disposition saw her through many challenges. She earned a doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1972 and in the same year began her first job at an outpatient clinic for people who had been patients in the psychiatric hospital near Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Twenty-eight years later, in 2001, she was honored by colleagues at her retirement from Atlantic County Mental Health Services for her dedicated work with the seriously mentally ill, for providing clinical supervision for over fifty of New Jersey’s most prominent psychologists, and for earning the profound respect of her patients and colleagues. Tribute was paid to “this remarkable woman, who has never let her own disability stand in the way of helping others to overcome theirs.” Since coming to Minnesota, Margaret had continued her work with the mentally ill as a volunteer for People Incorporated Mental Health Services, working on Saturdays at the Diane Ahrens Crisis Residence. She was an active member of the local Post-Polio Support group. She has made many close friends with other mental health workers, with other polio survivors, with her home health aides, and with the members of her faith community at St. James Episcopal Church on the Parkway in Minneapolis. Margaret is survived by her sister Elizabeth Athorn, two brothers James and Edward Hull, and by many nephews and nieces and their families.
There will be a memorial service at St. James Episcopal Church, 3225 E. Minnehaha Parkway, in Minneapolis on Saturday, September 19, at 3 PM. Memorial donations may be sent in her name to People, Incorporated Mental Health Services, 2060 Centre Pointe Blvd., Suite 3, St. Paul MN 55120.
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