2015

Distinguished Educator

Margaret Rust

Marg Rust was born in South Buffalo to parents who valued education and community service. Her parents introduced her to a wide variety of cultural and recreational activities, including Girl Scouting, travel, dance and playing the violin. She received a BS from D’Youville College and a MS from Canisius College. She was hired as an elementary teacher in January 1972 and taught grades 2 through 4 at UPES until her retirement in 2006. She was fortunate to be a member of the UPES community of caring, talented and fun-loving educators. During those 34 years, she had the privilege of working with many wonderful students and supportive parents. It wasn’t long before she came to the profound realization that she was learning as much from them as they were learning from her. 

After retirement, Marg became a docent at the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site. She enjoys working on the many projects, such as the Trolley Station and the Movie in the Park with the other members of Imagine Hamburg. She’s on the Village Beautification Committee and organizes the annual Hamburg Garden Walk and the Garden Walk Buffalo Niagara walks and tours. Marg became an officer and volunteer Master Gardener at the Cornell Cooperative Extension. She enjoys the discovery of travel, theater, playing tennis and reading a good book. Marg enjoyed being a part of Hamburg’s resurgence. The generosity of its merchants and many volunteers truly defines Hamburg as the place that friendship built.