Dr. Nancy A. Howard

HOWARD, DR. NANCY A., passed away October 26, 2011 at Norton Hospital, Louisville, with her nephew Patrick Howard and her longtime friend, Maureen Norris, at her side.

She was born on a farm in Patascula, OH on May 27, 1935, to Emmett and Ruth Ward Howard.

She graduated from South Broward High School (FL) and received her B.A. from Wesleyan College in Macon, GA, her M.A. from Southern Baptist Seminary, Louisville and her Ph.D. from Peabody College at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN.

Nancy began her professional career as a research technician at Emory University School of Medicine. She served as youth director at Shawnee Baptist Church and instructor and campus minister at Kentucky Baptist Hospital School of Nursing.

She was assistant dean of women and campus minister at Radford College in Virginia. She worked as a diagnostician/educator for the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Education in Nashville, TN.

In 1976 she joined the faculty at Bellarmine College, now Bellarmine University, as a teacher educator. For nearly a quarter of a century from 1976 to her retirement from full time teaching in 2000, Nancy was a beloved teacher and administrator. As a faculty member of the Annsley Frazier Thornton School of Education she developed the Learning and Behavior Disorders teacher certification program and designed the Master of Arts in Education program and the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) programs. During her tenure, she also served as chair of the education department and graduate director. After her retirement, she continued to teach part-time until 2005.

Nancy served as acting vice president and dean of Academic Affairs from 1980-1983 and as assistant to the president in 1983-84. She was the first woman to be dean, vice president and Protestant administrator at Bellarmine.

Dr. Howard received numerous awards from various institutions, including the Bellarmine University Monsignor Horrigan Distinguished Service Award and the Wesleyan College Alumnae Achievement Award for Community Service. Bellarmine University School of Education established The Nancy Howard Faculty Merit Award which is presented annually to graduate students of the MAT program.

She was involved in many community organizations. She served as board chair at Seven Counties Services, was on the Long Range Planning Committee at Brooklawn Child and Family Services, and was a board member at United Crescent Hill Ministries. She volunteered with Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), and the Go Red for Women initiative.

Dr. Howard was a long time member of Crescent Hill Baptist Church, where she was an ordained deacon, president of Harmony Sunday School Class, and a member of the Social Justice Ministry Team.

She is survived by brothers, Mike Howard (Rose) of Middleburg, FL, Pat Howard (Sandy) of Miami, FL; sister, Jane Reinmuth (Donald) of Sacramento, CA; and numerous nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews.

A memorial service for Dr. Howard will be 10 a.m. Saturday, November 5, 2011 at Crescent Hill Baptist Church, 2800 Frankfort Avenue, with visitation to follow. Arrangements entrusted to Arch L. Heady-Cralle Funeral Home. Please leave a condolence with the family at www.archlheadycralle.com Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Greater Louisville, The Nancy Howard Faculty Merit Award at Bellarmine University or charity of choice.

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Published in The Courier-Journal from Nov. 2 to Nov. 4, 2011