When Margy (Gardner ’91) Delposen enrolled at Geneva in the fall of 1987, she was following in the footsteps of many family members. Her father, James L. Gardner ’66; grandparents, James L. Gardner ’36 and Margaret M. Gardner ’36; and numerous cousins, aunts and uncles had all come to Geneva before her. And siblings Kimberly (Gardner ’92) Varshine, Tamitha L. Gardner ’95, James L. Gardner III ’96 and Daniel J. Gardner ’98 would continue this longstanding family tradition.
In addition to all of these familial connections at college, a new family relationship developed through Margy’s Geneva experience; she met her husband, Christopher E. Delposen ’91. After graduating with a biology degree, Margy again followed the steps of her father and grandfather by attending Thomas Jefferson Medical School in Philadelphia. Despite being warned about the long educational path ahead of Margy, Chris proposed and the couple married on July 11, 1992.
Margy states that Geneva did a “fantastic job combining Christian teaching with quality education,” and that she was well prepared for medical school. However, she maintains that the best thing she took away from the college was her husband
She finished medical school in 1995, but not before the birth of her first son, Christopher. The Lord used this blessing to direct Margy’s decision to pursue Family Practice. Margy completed her residency at Pittsburgh’s UPMC St. Margaret’s Hospital in 1998 and remained as an attending physician working in their Community Outreach Program. While there, she opened an office in the low-income Garfield neighborhood, as well as oversaw an outreach van that took medical care and vaccines to underprivileged persons all over the city.
After a few years, now with three children and another on the way, Margy reduced her work schedule and took an office-based position with Mercy Hospital. Opportunities as an investigator in clinical trials led to a transition to Novum Pharmaceutical Research Services, where she became certified as a medical monitor, enjoying the behind the scenes processes that go into bringing a new drug to the marketplace.
In recent years, Margy has taken a hiatus from medical practice to give full attention to raising her family. She and Chris have four sons: Christopher, AJ, Seth and Luke. She says that she enjoys being the “princess of the house,” and has embraced the joys—and smells—that come with being a mother of boys.
Margy and her family are members of Memorial Park Church, EPC. Surprisingly that connection, and not her alumni status, brought about the opportunity to serve as the medical chaperone for The Genevans International Tour to the Philippines and Malaysia this spring. Due to the strenuous schedule, Director Dr. David Smith, also a member of Memorial Park, had been praying for God to provide the tour with a physician.
None of the numerous physicians—including Margy’s father—that Dr. Smith asked had been able to commit to such a long trip. But as Dr. Smith was sharing his concerns with member and chaperone Claudia Brown, she suggested Margy. Neither knew that Margy was a Geneva alumna, but Dr. Smith asked Margy to travel with the choir; and she immediately felt herself open up to the possibility of such an adventure. Margy enjoyed sharing with Dr. Smith her memories of The Genevans and the 1990 International Tour to Europe and Wales under the direction of Dr. Robert Copeland‘’66.
Her hope was confirmed when she shared the news with her husband Chris, who responded, “You can’t pass up an opportunity like this!” Although leaving her family for three weeks will be difficult, Margy has their support. And given the circumstances, she and her husband feel that the timing is right; and she is excited to be part of what God will accomplish through The Genevans and the International Tour.
Note: Margy added that while a three week tour to the Philippines and Malaysia is exciting, she doesn’t think that it’s nearly as adventurous as what her mother did last summer. Linda Gardner was part of the Geneva Across America bike team that rode across the United States!
by Jolynn Frey
In the past four years, on average, 90% of Geneva students are working or in grad school within six months after graduation.