Dr. Nancy Graham arrived at the UA in 1967 with her PhD, lots of energy and vision, and a love for teaching home economics that transferred to her students. During her three years as a faculty member, she was the first woman honored as Professor of the Year in the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences (CALS).
From 1971 to her retirement in 1992, Nancy was the spark for Amphitheater Home Economics where she prepared students to set goals and move forward with their lives and careers. She mentored numerous UA home economics education students through their student teaching and instilled the importance of volunteering in order to make everyone’s life better. Among the multitude of projects that her high school students were involved with was one that has grown annually to benefit CALS. It was Dr.Graham’s burritos, prepared by her students (up to 2000 annually), that evolved into the CALS Homecoming Burrito Breakfast & Fundraiser of today.
Nancy’s untiring enthusiasm and creativity has inspired generations to give their best to programs at many levels. She has held leadership roles in numerous state and national organizations and is known for getting things done with respect and cooperation. Nancy is best known as a tireless champion of recognition and celebration of others. She has personally facilitated innumerable deserving FCS candidates for local, state, and national awards. You can always count on her to follow through and get things done no matter the time, day or late, late night.
It is time we recognize Dr. Nancy Graham for all she has done and continues to do for our council, students, faculty, and staff, FCS across the nation, family, and friends. From the unofficial council historian and record keeper to the creation of invitations, table decorations, photographer, and event organizer, the Council of Alumni and Friends of the Norton School have benefitted from Nancy’s volunteer service. Without question, her unwavering loyalty and dedication over the decades is immeasurable and she will forever be remembered as a treasure to all who know her. Judy Mellor is looking down with a huge smile knowing Nancy Graham is the 2016 recipient of the Judy Mellor Volunteer Service Award.