Marguerite Finney Dance, former senior editor of The Maryland Horse and its sister publication, Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred, died June 24 following a lengthy illness. She was 74.
Dance was employed by the Maryland Horse Breeders Association from the late 1960s until 2002 and helped the association grow from a one-room office to a thriving organization. She served as editor, Snowden Carter's assistant, and fact checker as The Maryland Horse expanded into a prominent magazine. In the latter part of her career, she handled copy editing duties for Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred. Her co-workers relied upon her as the ultimate authority in questions regarding the English language and pedigrees.
Dance's father, Humphrey S. Finney, was the founding editor of The Maryland Horse, and her brother, John Finney, was a president of Fasig-Tipton Co.
A memorial service will take place at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Bel Air, Md., at 11 a.m. June 30.
Donations may be made to the library at the Maryland Horse Industry Foundation or Stella Maris. For further information contact the MHBA at (410) 252-2100.