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August 03, 2012
I was saddened to hear of Nancy's recent passing. I knew her only tangentially, as a friend ofher sister Mary Jo. I couldn't help but be impressed by her apparently inexhaustible energy, her reasoned optimism, and her genuine love for the challenge of teaching. As a relatively unseasoned teacher of English, she was truly an inspiration. She encouraged me to initiate an AP program at my HS in the early 70s, and it has grown impressively since that first AP course, a kind of tribute to a remarkable woman and educator. Ray, Tom, David, I know that you will take some solace in remembering the live she so generously shared with you.
August 02, 2012
Thank you so much for your kind memories & condolences.
We've set the date , time, and place for Nancy's memorial service. Please join us in celebrating and remembering the life of Nancy.
Memorial Service for Nancy McHugh, 1925-2012
2 pm, Saturday, September 1st, 2012
The Village at Sherman Oaks
5450 Vesper Ave.
Sherman Oaks, Ca 91411
August 02, 2012
You were the best next door neighbor ever!! (You and Ray of course!) I think of you and smile and always will. When I bought the house next door in '96 you welcomed me with a party to introduce me to all the Scadlock neighbors. You always thought of me on the holidays and more and you were such an inspiration watching you walk up and down our huge hill. I'll miss you Nancy but I will always fondly remember you!
August 02, 2012
I have had the honor and pleasure to be Nancy & Ray McHugh's accountant for the last 30 years.
Doing their taxes was merely a sidebar to the many wonderful hours we got to spend together.
They are the type of people who have a special positive effect on those lucky enough to have contact with them.
May Nancy rest in peace.

"Lucky" Larry Kantor
July 31, 2012
Nancy always inspired me to be a leader even when the going got tough. Both in CATE and in NCTE, Nancy was the epitome of class, persistence, and graciousness, always showing up and always serving others. I salute her and her memory. Bob Infantino, CATE President, 1994-96.
July 29, 2012
Truly grateful for having been a student of Mrs McHugh's, especially considering I now write and edit for a living. One year with her left a lifetime of benefits.
July 29, 2012
I was a student in Mrs. McHugh's AP English class at Grant HS and a member of her Academic Decathlon Team in my senior year, 1984/85. She was wonderful and inspiring teacher. On the other hand, I was a lousy writer...and she definitely frequently called me on it! Seriously, I may not have made it through college without frequently remembering her persistent prodding and constructive criticisms to do better (nice alliteration, eh?). Certainly, Mrs. McHugh helped to make me a better writer. Now, in part, I ghost-write and edit for other writers! Unbelievable!

Some of the most memorable qualities I recall of one my two favorite english teachers (the other is her colleague: Mary Jane Horner) is Mrs. McHugh's passion for the classics, especially poetry -- John Donne, if I correctly recall. I well remember the excitement and inflection of her words and of her waiving her hands about whenever she read to us aloud. ...And, there was also her warm, wonderful, and approving smile -- always ear-to-ear -- whenever she was pleased with something someone did or said. :)

Okay, yes, I could have better edited this memorial! However, I will leave it as it is. ;)

With fond regards, rest in peace.
Kenneth Heinsius
July 28, 2012
It was my good fortunate to interact with Nancy in two different ways. My partner and Nancy were very involved in NCTE at the same time. In addition, I worked with Nancy as members of the EUCLAN Board which was a fundraiser for UCLA's Graduate School of Education. Nancy's dedication to each task was extrordinary and she herself was an extraordinary woman. She influenced hundreds of students and prospective teachers throughout her long career and they carry out her teaching philosophy.
July 28, 2012
For over 20 years, Nancy was an inspiration to me as a teacher. She was always resourceful and helpful to me, her other co-teachers, and her many student teachers. An admired educator leader, she will also be remembered for her warmth, her sense of humor, and her keen wit.
July 27, 2012
Nancy was a wonderful teacher and a fine person. She improved the lives of hundreds of people. She will be missed.

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