NANCY KIERSTEAD

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KIERSTEAD--Dr. Nancy Carrick Romer (nee Hewlett), Passed away peacefully aged 86, on December 21st 2013. Nancy, was widowed in 1990 and is survived by her two daughters (and sons-in-law), Anna Romer (Bruce Jacobson) and Marisha Romer (Eric Katz), her son (and daughter-in-law) Jan Edward Romer (Catherine Romer); one granddaughter, Sophie Helene Romer; five grandsons, Andy and Charlie Romer, David and Peter Jacobson, and Gregory Romer; two step-grandchildren, Alyssa and Chase Katz and by her beloved niece Nancy Kronenberg and nephew Stephen Hewlett. Nancy was born February 19, 1927 in Schenectady NY, daughter of Dr. Clarence Wilson Hewlett and Mary Stephens Carrick. Nancy earned a BFA in Art History from Cornell ('49). Already a skilled pianist, she was one of only two female Chimes Masters and later donated a bell to the Cornell Chimes Tower bearing the family name. Nancy attended University of Michigan for her Masters in Education. It was there she met and married her Lithuanian born husband Andrzej Tadeusz Romer, in 1952. They had three children: Jan Edward (1953) Anna Louise (1954) and Marisha Helena (Maia) in 1965. Nancy then got her PhD in Educational Psychology from the University of Connecticut. Nancy's father, Dr. Clarence Wilson Hewlett, had a doctorate from Johns Hopkins and was a renowned physicist and inventor. Dr. Hewlett created the first ever solar cell while working for General Electric. An environmentalist and member of the Quaker Society of Friends, Nancy was an early activist promoting alternative energy. She designed and oversaw construction of the first two solar powered homes in the State of Connecticut in 1973 and 1978. Nancy's career as a tenured professor and clinical psychologist spanned three decades. She was also a published writer, ("The Green Ribbon," 1998) creator of hand made books, a keen quilter, figure skater, artist, knitter, sculptor, and potter. She also lavished her skills and energy donating time to help counsel troubled children and families without the means to hire professional counselors. Apart from being a wonderful aunt, mother and grandmother, her passions were the New York Times crossword puzzle, folk music, dancing and sailing. She spent her later years sailing her boat on long and challenging trips with her husband and soul mate Henry Andrew Kierstead, who sadly died of cancer aged 67, only 10 years after their marriage. A memorial meeting is being held on Saturday, March 1st, 3pm at Berkhamsted Quaker Meeting, High St., Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, HP4 3EG, England. All welcome.

Published in The New York Times on Jan. 26, 2014
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