Marge Cole was attending Eastern New Mexico University in Portales when Lew Allbee, assistant
superintendent of schools in Los Alamos, asked her to teach on the Hill. She moved into a
government dormitory in 1951, met Lew Agnew her first week in town and married him on June 21,
Their daughters, Connie, Barbara, and Jane were born while the Agnews lived in Berkeley,
California. They returned to Los Alamos in 1959 and their son Jim was born in Los Alamos. Marge
taught music at Barranca Mesa School for 20 years.
Twice president of the Los Alamos Concert Association, Marge was a board member for three terms
and particularly enjoyed being able to spend time getting to know the musicians. A founder of the
Four-Fifths folk music group which plays "for free for anybody who asks," Marge's other musical
activities include playing piano for the Unitarian Church and serving as accompanist for many
Light Opera and Little Theater performances as well as student recitals. She was also a member
of the the Kolomeyka Dancers, a women's folk dance group that performed for local events for more
than two decades.
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