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Obituaries Margaret Ruth Draper, Stage Actress, Dies at 94 Margaret Ruth Draper, a stage and radio actress, died of natural causes on Oct. 14. She was 94.

A native of Utah and a graduate of the University of Utah, Ms. Draper won her first job in New York at the Provincetown Theater. She later became part of the Chekhov Theater Players, under the direction of Michael Chekhov.

Following service in the Red Cross during World War II, she returned to New York and found work on radio on the CBS program "Joe Powers of Oakville." On stage she appeared in Peer Gynt. On television she played the part of Liz Dennis on the soap opera "Brighter Day" from 1949-1954. She also found steady work playing Linda Pepper on the radio soap "Pepper's Young Family," which starred Burgess Meredith.

In 1966 Ms. Draper's career took an unusual turn when she became a disc jockey for the all-woman radio station WNEW-FM New York. In 1969 she joined the United Seamen's Service. Her first assignment was as the assistant director of the club in Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam.

Draper was married four times, the first to actor Joe DeSantis from 1949-1957. The two had met on "Pepper's Young Family."

She is survived by a son and two sisters.

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