Memorial Service for Nancy Remley February 24

Memorial Service for Nancy Remley February 24

Nancy Remley

The memorial service for Nancy Remley (MA74), a PhD psychologist who was an adjunct instructor for the School of Education and Social Policy for more than a decade, will be at  2 p.m. on February 24 at Alice Millar Chapel on Northwestern's Evanston campus. Remley, who died on February 1, received a master’s degree in education from SESP in 1974 and a PhD in psychology from Northwestern University in 1979. 

During the time Remley taught in the SESP Human Development and Psychological Services program, she was named to the Faculty Honor Roll several times. Students also voted her Outstanding Instructor in 2006. She taught at SESP from 1998 until 2009.

A psychologist with practices in Chicago and Evanston, Remley was able to bring her clinical experience to class to heighten students' learning. She enlightened students with real-world knowledge and enlivened classes with actual examples.

She taught the Practicum Seminar for undergraduates who interned at sites including children's hospitals, developmental preschools, shelters for abused women and substance abuse facilities. In this context, she discussed with students topics such as interviewing techniques, organizational dynamics and their own reactions.

Remley is widely remembered among the SESP community not only for her professional expertise but also for her attention to individual students and her concern about students’ well-being.

“Professor Nancy Remley cared deeply about her students,” said Susan Olson, SESP assistant dean of student affairs and adviser to HDPS students. “She welcomed HDPS students into the major with her introductory course, then guided them during their practicum experience. She often wrote letters of recommendation for seniors, as so many students felt she really understood their passion for the field. She set a good example as a professional in the field, and she was known for the high level of care she provided for her students. Professor Remley was a pleasure to have as a colleague, mentor and friend.”

“She had a strong positive influence on so many SESP students — undergraduates who took her classes as well as graduate students who acted as teaching associates for her,” said professor Miriam Sherin, director of undergraduate education for SESP. 

By Marilyn Sherman
Last Modified: 2/12/13