NANCY WHITAKER MEAD MAHONEY Nancy Whitaker Mead Mahoney was born in Boston on October 22, 1929, and died on her 84th birthday in 2013. She attended Palo Alto High School, and Stanford University, where her father was a professor in the Biology Department, and where she met her future husband, Giles Mead. Married soon out of college, she and Giles spent time on the east coast where he taught at Harvard and she devoted time to their three children and earned a Master's degree from Tufts University in Early Childhood Development. After she and Giles were divorced in 1966, she and their children lived in Northern New Mexico where she married Stephen Mahoney. In her 50s, she moved to southern New Mexico on her own, where she spent perhaps some of her happiest years growing pecan trees in the shadow of the Organ Mountains. She had a handful of friendships that spanned decades. She loved travel and fine food, had a compellingly spare sense of aesthetics, and a disarming sense of humor. She is survived by her children Parry Mead Murray, Jane Mead, and Giles Mead, and her five grandchildren, Aspen, Shane, Alexandra, Mitchell, and Peter.
Published in Santa Fe New Mexican on Jan. 1, 1900