The planning profession lost a true advocate with the passing of former AICP President Margarita P. McCoy, FAICP, on March 31, 2016.
Cal Poly Pomona held a memorial celebration on Monday, May 16, 2016.
McCoy served on the APA Board of Directors and the AICP Commission. She served as the AICP Commission President from 1981 to 1982. She also was a member of the Planning Accreditation Board and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning.
According to the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy website, McCoy began her planning career in 1959 as an elected member of the planning board in Sadbury, Massachusetts. She served as an administrator and faculty member in the Department of Urban Planning at California Polytechnic University, Pomona.
In 2005, McCoy received the APA National Women in Planning Award. Below is the Planning magazine (March 2005) article about her contributions to the planning profession.
March 2005 Planning magazine profile of Margarita McCoy.