“When good men/women die their goodness does not perish, but lives though they are gone.” Euripides
Well, we’ve lost another one of the good ones. Our dear friend and colleague Nancy Snyder Clark passed away last night, succumbing to the debilitating effects of pancreatic cancer. For two years she faced her ordeal like a true champion and valiantly gave the “Big C” a hell of a fight. For awhile there one could almost believe that she would beat it by the shear force of her will alone, but that wasn’t to be. God had other plans for her.
It’s hard to imagine life at Azusa High School without Nancy. I first met her back in the summer of 1997 when I interviewed for the counseling position at AHS. She was a member of the interview panel. I was so nervous the morning of the interviews, walking into the conference room and discovering that there were like 12 people on the panel didn’t help much, but each time I would glance in her direction she would give me this look of reassurance which believe me, was extremely helpful. I got the job and for the next 14 plus years I had the good fortune of working with Nancy. Like myself she too was an Azusa High graduate who in true Aztec spirit chose to give back to the community by returning to work at her alma mater. She was one of the finest teachers I have had the pleasure to have known. She was compassionate, caring and understanding, with a genuine passion for working with students. I don’t remember ever seeing her angry at a student. Upset,yes, concerned, definitely, but never angry.
Yes, Nancy was one of the good ones. She will be sorely missed by students and staff alike. I will especially miss our conversations both student related and casual. I will miss kidding around with her for she had a terrific sense of humor! She was truly one of a kind. She had heart! Nancy faced her cancer ordeal with the same courage, strength and determination she demonstrated throughout her teaching career. She was no quitter! The woman had moxie! Her fortitude, spirit and love of life, should serve as an example to us all as to how we should face each and everyday of our lives!
Farewell old friend… Until we meet again…