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Salzburg Global Mourns the Passing of Long-serving Friend, Nancy Gleason
Senior Fellow, former board member and 'First Lady' had 40 year connection to Salzburg Global
Nancy’s association with the Seminar spanned more than forty years, including a stint as “First Lady” while her husband, Herbert Gleason, served as acting president in 1985-86. She served on the Seminar’s Board of Directors from 2000 to 2004, as well as joining an Exploration Seminar on the Arts as a Fellow in 2007.
“Nancy is an irreplaceable member of the Salzburg Seminar community, constant in her love for the place and its work, and for rising leaders committed to public service,” said Stephen Salyer, president of the Salzburg Global Seminar. “Nancy asked penetrating questions, often with a twinkle in her eye. Nothing about her was half-hearted, including her warm smile and encouragement during challenging periods. We will miss her profoundly.”
Beyond Salzburg Global, Nancy had a long career in social work. She was a senior social worker with Stone Center Counseling Service at Wellesley College, as well as a clinical instructor associate at Simmons College School of Social Work, before her retirement. Prior to this, she served in various positions in the field of social work ranging from clinical assistant professor at Smith College, district supervisor and director of the Brookline District Family Counseling Service, to director of counseling at Pine Manor College.
Nancy served on the Board of Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts, including a time as its president, as well as on the Nominating Committee and Board of Directors of the North Atlantic Region of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. She was on the Board of the Rutland Corner Foundation (the first urban psychiatric halfway house in the United States) and served as vice president and president for the organization.
She was a prolific writer for numerous publications and presented various workshops, particularly in the areas of alcohol abuse and women’s health. Nancy was also a member of the board of a residential treatment center for adolescent girls. A keen amateur violist, she played in and organized chamber music groups.
Nancy is survived by her husband, Herbert, their daughter, Alice, and her husband, Stephen Lane, their son, David, his wife, Sonia, and their two sons, Christopher and Matteo.
A memorial service will be held at Arlington Street Church in Boston on July 12 at 11:00 a.m.
posted on: 06 June, 2013
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