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Nancy Hardacre McAllister born February 24, 1940 Highland Park, Ill. devoted wife, gifted musician and life-long educator died in her home early morning December 14th 2012.

Nancy will be remembered as a passionate, fiercely devoted and motivated educator, professional violinist, pianist, organist and conductor. It was through her complete dedication and love of music, together with single minded determination and countless hours of hard work, that the furtherance of music and culture in Wilmington today owes a debt of gratitude.

Nancy moved to Wilmington in the late1960's taking a position within the public school system as a general music teacher. It was in the development of teaching materials that she was to meet her late husband of 38 years. Nancy knew, with her life, the importance of music in the lives of individuals, their community and culture. At the time, there were no string music programs in New Hanover County and to this absence she committed her life's work and began the string music program. Shortly afterwards, she became a founding member of the Wilmington Symphony serving for many years as its Concertmaster. It is largely a credit to Nancy's gifts and determination that the Wilmington Symphony and very many professional musicians today owe in part their success.

Nancy retired from teaching in the public school system in 1987 and immediately opened and ran the Wilmington Academy of Music, which remained a fixture of teaching and musical excellence until its closing due to her medical retirement in 2009. It would be impossible to count the number of students or lives that Nancy had touched. However, it is certain that Nancy touched each profoundly.

Nancy had no children and was preceded in death by her husband Claude Huntley McAllister, Jr., her mother Virginia 'Ginny' Hardacre, father Milton Joseph Hardacre, Jr. and younger brother Milton Joseph Hardacre III.

A memorial service will be held on a date yet to be determined. In lieu of flowers, it is asked to please make donations in her honor to charities of one's choosing.

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Published in the Wilmington Star-News from Dec. 16 to Dec. 17, 2012