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Alumna Peggy Allison (Number Theory, 1966) sets a Giving Week challenge

Peggy was the very first resident student at Lucy Cavendish College. She was a mathematician from the United States who studied here in 1966 and now resides in Dallas, Texas. Peggy Allison has been a civic leader in Dallas for many years. After receiving her Bachelor's degree in Philosophy from Smith College, she continued her studies earning a Master’s in Mathematics from Southern Methodist University and completing graduate work in Number Theory at Cambridge University in England. In addition to careers in investment management, she has also provided her exceptional leadership and enthusiasm to community endeavours including the Dallas Junior League, The Science Place, Child Care Dallas, and the Perot Museum of Science and Nature.

Peggy has generously contributed in many ways to the Lucy Cavendish Community during the years. We were pleased to welcome her back to our College last year when she named a new boat for our Boat Club on behalf of its anonymous donor (photo). She was also the designer of the Lucy Cavendish College scarf which we still wear today.

This year, with the LucyGives Giving Week (18-25 October) only few days away, Peggy has set a funding ‘challenge’ - thanks to her support:

•    an additional $125 will be unlocked for LucyGives if at least 15 alumnae who matriculated in Lucy's first 15 years (1965-79 inclusive) donate

•    a further $125 will be unlocked for LucyGives if at least 35 alumnae who matriculated in Lucy's first 15 years (1965-79 inclusive) donate

Peggy commented:

“Lucy Cavendish has been a welcoming open door to non-traditional students for 55 years, and I give hoping it can continue to play that role. Other alumnae will surely have their own reasons to remember the college fondly and I hope they will give so that it can keep on launching new generations into the world as it did for them”.

What is LucyGives?

Together, we’ll raise funds during LucyGives (18-25 October) to help us level the playing field, ensuring those from under-represented or disadvantaged backgrounds can thrive academically and make the most of all that Cambridge has to offer. We’ll ensure they develop the skills required to achieve their career ambitions, so that they really can go on to make a positive impact on the world.

To get involved and to show your support please visit