February 2000

Margaret "Pog" Swift

by Joseph H. RADDER

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Doing for others is the fuel that keeps Margaret “Pog” Swift of Buffalo forever young and active. Born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, Pog moved to Buffalo in 1945 upon her husband Harlan’s discharge from the Army. Well known to charitable organizations such as The Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, Elmwood Franklin School and the Roswell Alliance, Pog recently completed 10 years of volunteer work for Buffalo General Hospital. In 1988 she began volunteering for The Center for Hospice & Palliative Care where she served as a board member, special event and administrative volunteer. Currently she is a member of The Center’s Founder’s Board.

She enjoys supporting community health and education programs throughout the Buffalo metropolitan area.
The mother of four children and grandmother of nine, Pog loves spending time with her family. She tries to instill her passion for community involvement and doing for others in her grandchildren.

An avid traveler, Pog fondly recalls the time she sailed the Caribbean on the Sea Cloud, a three-masted schooner once owned by Marjorie Merriweather Post.

While philanthropy is a primary interest of Pog’s, she also devotes time to her favorite pastime—collecting doll houses and miniature furniture. She continues to add to her collection of Victorian miniatures and still designs furniture for them.
Her compassionate spirit shows how one person can make a difference in the lives of others.

Joseph H. Radder is a freelance writer.


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