Margaret (Peggy) Reynolds Bell

1930 - 2005

Margaret (Peggy) Bell, an accomplished flutist, played in a number of orchestras and taught the instrument at three Seventh-day Adventist colleges. She was a frequent soloist and with her husband, Charles, performed numerous flute and oboe/English horn duets. Since there was little music written for this instrumentation, she arranged a number of works for their use.

Bell was born in Esperanza, Mexico, to parents who were serving as medical missionaries in that country. She received a B.S. in secretarial science from Pacific Union College in 1951 and married Charles Bell in 1954. She was responsible for doing the word processing of the original proposal for the Stanford Linear Accelerator while he attended Stanford University.

The Bells resided in College Place from 1960 to 1962 and 1972 to 1984, when he taught in and served as dean of the engineering school and she assisted in the music department at Walla Walla College, now University. She completed a B.A. in music in 1978 at WWC. Through the years she studied flute with Roger Stevens, Pat Garside, Frances Risdon, and Richard Hahn, and attended master classes by James Galway, Julius Baker, Ransom Wilson, Samuel Baron, Donald Peck, and Geoffrey Gilbert.

While living in Walla Walla, Bell was principal flute in the local symphony and a soloist with that group. She served as an adjunct instructor in flute at La Sierra College (now La Sierra University), WWC, and PUC. She also served as music department secretary at Mississippi State University and PUC.


Sources: Personnel files, music department, Walla Walla University; Obituary, Walla Walla Union Bulletin, July 2005; personal knowledge.