Peggy Hamilton Lockard

Areas of Achievement: 
Community Building

Honored By

Honored by: Lockard, W. Kirby
Date submitted: October 24, 2006

Peggy Hamilton Lockard is a wonderful daughter, wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She is exceptional in all those traditional women's roles, but it is what she has additionally accomplished that makes her outstanding. She has been a professional model, legal secretary, author, prize-winning photographer, editor, publisher, realtor, activist citizen, political partisan, generous philanthropist, and fierce feminist.

Peggy is probably best known locally for her "This is Tucson, Guidebook to the Old Pueblo," which went through three editions from 1983 to 1988, which Peggy not only researched and wrote, but for which she took all the photographs. The guidebook won publishing awards and is now a collector's item.

She is also known for her longtime leadership in opposition to billboards in Tucson as a member of the city's various sign code committees. Most recently she single-handedly stopped the replacement of the billboards along East Speedway the last time it was widened. Peggy was also a member of Tucson's Planning and Zoning Commission and a seven-year member and first woman chair of the city's Board of Adjustment.

Peggy was president of Pepper Publishing, which for twenty years published books and videotapes on architectural drawing. The publishing profits made from her husband's books were returned to the UA College of Architecture in the form of Pepper Publishing scholarships. Peggy was recognized in 1985 by receiving the UA Alumni Association's Distinguished Citizen Award.

She was the designer and editor of David Yetman's "Where the Desert Meets the Sea: A Trader in the Land of the Seri Indians," which won the Publishers' Marketing Association's Benjamin Franklin Award in 1989, and she served as vice-president and president of the nine-state Rocky Mountain Book Publishers' Association.

In 1965 Peggy became the first woman chair of the Arizona Young Republicans but changed her allegiance and her registration in 1977 after the Pima County Central Committee voted to adjourn rather than discuss the Equal Rights Amendment.

Peggy has two granddaughters who have graduated from the University of Arizona, and a younger granddaughter, all three of whom have played Title IX sports in high school, which Peggy and her daughter could never enjoy. She is proud of the changes in women's opportunities she has supported in her lifetime.