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Henry "Hank" Nadig

1935-2013 Henry "Hank" Nadig, 77, of New Lebanon, NY, a longtime Berkshire area teacher, writer and musician, died Monday, February 11th at Laurel Lake Nursing Home in Lee, MA.

Born on October 17,1935, in Keene, NH, son of Henry Davis Nadig and Mildred Avison Nadig, he was an honors graduate of Norwalk CT High School in 1953, playing trumpet with the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra his senior year. At Hamilton College, Clinton, NY, he was director of the college marching band, graduating in 1957 with a BA, department honors in English and the Phi Beta Kappa prize for "distinctive academic improvement."

As a pacifist and registered conscientious objector to war, he met his selective service requirement with two years of alternative service in teaching at Westtown PA School, a Quaker school. In 1960 he was awarded a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship to study for an MA and to teach English at Johns Hopkins University. Later he helped start Sandy Springs MD Friends School.

In addition, Hank continued teaching and/or administrative work at Rye Country Day School (NY), Windsor Mountain and Foxhollow Schools in Lenox, Lenox Memorial High School, Albany Academy, Oakwood School, Poughkeepsie, NY, and Miss Hall's School in Pittsfield.

In the early 80s, Hank was development director when the Berkshire Public Theatre moved to the Union Street theater in Pittsfield. He also served as advertising sales manager and staff writer for Berkshire Magazine. With a 20-year association with Berkshire Community College as adjunct instructor of English and humanities, he also started Nadig Communications, his own advertising consulting business.

As a trumpet player, Hank led a Dixieland/ New Orleans style group, the Royal Garden Jazz Band, which performed regularly in many Berkshire County venues.

Hank wrote occasional Berkshire Eagle columns for many years on a variety for subjects: MCAS, fly fishing, heart disease, Mozart and Robert Frost. He was fortunate a few years ago to begin studies with Charles Schlueter, past principal trumpet of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and he also began to take on his own students himself.

He enjoyed fly fishing, cross country skiing and New Hampshire's Great North Woods. His life was bathed in many words and much music, and he had started to paint and to play the Native American flute.

Hank was a dedicated and grateful friend of Bill W. and Dr. Bob for 28 years. He leaves his life companion, Patricia A. Wallender of New Lebanon, two children, Dave Nadig and his wife Lori Boero Nadig of Lenox, Sandy Cleary of North Egremont, and their mother, Govane Lohbauer of Lee. He also leaves four grandchildren: Zoe and Tyler Nadig, and Olivia and Charlotte Wade. He was predeceased by his brother George Avison Nadig of Norwalk, CT. and is survived by brother David B. Nadig of Palmyra ,VA.

Hank was especially grateful for dozens of loving, supportive friends from all walks of life. His ashes will remain in the Berkshires he loved so well. Donations in Hank's memory may be made to the Pittsfield Family YMCA or the Montessori School of the Berkshires in care of the Roche Funeral Home in Lenox.

FUNERAL NOTICE: An interfaith celebration of Hank's life with chaplain Richard Hayes presiding will be held at 1 PM on Saturday, March 9th at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 175 Wendell Avenue, Pittsfield, MA. Light refreshments will be served before and after the service.
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Feb. 17, 2013
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