The following is a message from Phil Schreier, Senior Curator of the National Firearms Museum:
The Officers & Staff of the National Rifle Association of America are saddened to report to our members and friends that Margie Petersen, the wife of the late Robert E. Petersen, died at her home in Beverly Hills, Calif. on Friday November 25th at the age of 76.
Mr. & Mrs. Petersen had a decades-long relationship with the NRA and especially the NRA’s National Firearms Museum. Mrs. Petersen set a new standard in personal philanthropy when, in 2010, she gave the NRA’s National Firearms Museum, 425 of Mr. Petersen’s prized sporting rifles and shotguns, along with a substantial fund to care for the collection in perpetuity. The gift remains the most generous bequest in the 140 year history of the association. In October 2010 the museum opened the new 2,000 square foot Robert E. Petersen Gallery to display his collection and to recognize his contribution to the shooting sports.
In 1994 Mr. & Mrs. Petersen started the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, California, a few blocks east of Petersen Publishing’s headquarters on Wilshire Boulevard. The museum is considered the finest of its type in the country and has become a center of automotive lore and historical scholarship.
As with their car museum, the Robert E. Petersen Gallery at the National Firearms Museum is considered the best in its field. It has been repeatedly referred to as “the finest single gun room in the country,” reflective of the stunning generosity that was typical of the Petersens.
A funeral mass will be celebrated on Friday December 2nd in Los Angeles, CA.