Nancy Spicer McHugh, daughter of Hilda Scribner and William C. Spicer Jr., passed away unexpectedly but peacefully in her sleep on July 18, 2012, at the age of 87.
Born May 14, 1925, Nancy graduated from Gloversville High School in New York with highest honors, and received her B.A. in English Literature from Smith College. While teaching English at University High School in Los Angeles, Chatsworth High School, and Grant High in the San Fernando Valley, Nancy earned two Master's Degrees from UCLA. An ambitious and dedicated educator who taught for over 35 years, Nancy loved teaching and worked to reach the peak of her profession. Among her numerous awards and achievements, Nancy was president of the California Association of Teachers of English, and president of the National Council of Teachers of English where she was instrumental in developing curriculum and methods of teaching for LAUSD and nationally. When Nancy accepted the position of president of NCTE, she insisted that she remain a classroom teacher rather than take the usual step of having the year off to undertake the heavy schedule of travel and work associated with the position, a rare decision that reflects her dedication to teaching.
Nancy was also devoted to creating a warm and welcoming home. She was an excellent cook who enjoyed entertaining friends and cooking for family, and was known for taking the time to always bake her cakes, muffins and pies from scratch, make hand-sewn gifts, and send hand-written notes. Continually aspiring, Nancy was always striving to better herself intellectually, spiritually, and physically. A two-time breast cancer survivor, Nancy's strength of will, positive attitude, and her sense of caring for her family, colleagues, students, friends, and neighbors, remain an inspiration to all. We will miss Nancy's incredible wit, keen intelligence, love of travel and new experiences, and her indomitable spirit.
Nancy is survived, and will be missed profoundly by, her loving husband and fellow world-traveler of 42 years, Dr. Raymond McHugh, her younger sister Mary Jo Sergeant, her eldest son David Pomatti, second son Thomas Pomatti, (Katie), grandson Drew Pomatti, and her step children Doug (Alyssa), Barbara (Mark), Katie (Greg), Robin (Chris), her step-grandchildren Astrid, Arthur, Colin, Terrance, Caroline, Tommy and Isabelle, step niece Louise, and step nephews Ray and Russell.
A memorial service is planned for 2 p.m. on Sept. 1 at The Village in Sherman Oaks. Donations may be made to Susan G Komen for the Cure, or NCTE Fund. Please leave memories/condolences at Nancy's website guestbook : www.legacy.com/guestbooks/latimes/guestbook.aspx?n=nancy-mchugh&pid=158740592.