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In Memoriam: Steven Nock. Friend, Advisor, and Board Member

Stevenock_4It is with sadness that I sit to write this blog about the passing of our friend and board member, Steven Nock.  Any one of us on staff at United Way could do it, all with different memories of Steve.  But we all share in common the gratitude for how Steve has impacted our organization, our community and our lives as individuals. 

I had the pleasure of meeting Professor Nock in my third year at the University of Virginia.  I attended his Sociology of the Family course, soaking up everything that he lectured about.  He was my favorite professor teaching my favorite class.  He then took me under his wing as my advisor to develop and implement an independent research project that evolved into my thesis.  He believed in my work, offered wonderful insights and direction, while allowing me to keep the project “my own.”  I am forever grateful to have had the opportunity to work with him. 

After graduating from U.Va., I took my position as the Volunteer Center Director at the United Way-Thomas Jefferson Area. Shortly after starting at United Way, I attended our first board meeting and discovered that he was one of our long time board members.  What a pleasant surprise that our paths should cross again.  Though it still seems strange to call him anything but “Professor Nock,” Steve has impacted our organization in countless ways since he was involved with the creation of the United Way Information and Referral Center in 1975, and came on board in 1985.  In recent years, he offered us his professional skills as a demographer, to help us define and illustrate what poverty looks like in our community.  Click here to view the Community Profile that Steve so diligently worked on.

We, at United Way, will miss this wonderful person, our friend.  We invite you to share your comments about Steve so that we can all remember how he has touched many lives through the United Way.

Posted by Shaele Wood.

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