102-year-old alumna celebrates life

UAAA staff

It was Margaret Trachta’s goal to return to school and get her degree in elementary education before her daughter, Mary Winscott ’62, graduated. She succeeded in 1959.

Margaret and her husband, Stanley Trachta ’60, were one of the first families to build a home in an Oro Valley ranching community near a small air-landing strip. They regularly flew their small plane on journeys in the western United States. Stanley was the pilot, but Margaret herself knew how to take off and land in case of emergency. 

At 102 years old, Margaret is one of the UA’s oldest alumni. She and her daughter still live on the same ranch with five horses and a pony named Widget. The family’s UA legacy also includes son Stanley Trachta ’73.