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YOUNG, Nancy Joyce Of West Roxbury, died on February 14, 2019 after a brief but fierce battle with cancer, at age 67. She leaves her wife and life partner of 32 years, Allison Bayer, her parents Chester and Marylin Young of Austin, Texas, brothers Carlton of Cambodia, and Damon and his wife Joyce of Austin, Texas, and her beloved nephew John and his wife Kristin Young of Brighton, MA, as well as many cousins and an enormous circle of devoted friends. Nancy grew up on the Texas Gulf Coast, and completed an MA in English at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. She taught at Texas A&M and worked for political and community causes in Houston before moving to Boston. In 1989 she joined the Humanities faculty of Curry College in Milton, MA, serving for 28 years as a Senior Lecturer in Humanities, teaching English, Writing, and Women's Studies. She completed her Ph.D at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA in 2012. Nancy was known for her passion for politics and social justice, and her commitment to build a workplace that recognized and rewarded the contributions of all staff. While at Curry College, she served for 2 years as the President of the Curry Chapter of the American Association of University Professors. She was the first part-time member of the faculty elected to serve as Union President. While at Curry, Nancy was a member of the Writing Curriculum Development Committee and the Curry Women's Studies Committee, and served as faculty advisor to the Curry student Gender Sexuality Alliance. In 2012, she received the Teacher of the Year Award from Curry. Nancy's passion for music of all types was a driving force of her life. She was a follower and a scholar of Dusty Springfield, the British pop icon. Her love for Dusty's music led her to becoming a founding member of an international on-line community, Let's Talk Dusty, dedicated to honoring, listening to and understanding Dusty's musical contributions. The forum reached Dusty fans around the world. Her 2012 doctoral thesis focused on Springfield in an interdisciplinary exploration of identity development, fan studies, and psychological theories related to projection. Nancy and Allison traveled in Europe and the US, especially the American Southwest, where Nancy indulged her passion for Native American memorabilia and historic postcards. After retiring in 2017, Nancy focused on developing her skill as a photographer, creating an extensive portfolio of bird and landscape images, and began showing and selling her work in local fairs, Open Studios, exhibitions and artists cooperatives. She was an early member of the Switch Gallery in Hyde Park, helping to build the presence of local artists in the community. She spent many hours photographing on Cape Cod, the southwest coast of England, and during the great spring migration on the Gulf Coast of Texas. A Boston Memorial Service will be held at the Theodore Parker Unitarian Church, 1859 Centre Street, West Roxbury, MA on Saturday, March 9 at 11 AM, followed by a reception at the Church. Per Nancy's wishes, a Texas Memorial will be held in the Hill Country outside of Austin during bluebonnet season on Sunday, March 31, where some of Nancy's ashes will be scattered in the Pedernales River. In lieu of flowers, gifts in Nancy's memory may be made to Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas on line at https://www.plannedparenthood.org/planned-parenthood-greater-texas/charitable-giving, or to CareGroup Parmenter Hospice of Mount Auburn Hospital online at https://donate.mountauburnhospital.org/caregroupparmenter. Nancy's family extends our deepest gratitude to all the members of her care team at Mount Auburn Hospital who cared so compassionately for Nancy during the past 6 months, and to the entire nursing staff of Stanton 3. Special thanks to Drs. Debra Shapiro, Carolyn Lamb, Erin DeRose, Kate Esselen and Alden Rinaldi and her nurses Denise Natale, Ginny Davis, Tamara Jo, Melissa Ginnings and Tracy Daly.

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Published in The Boston Globe on Feb. 24, 2019
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