Nancy Marie Hockensmith, 70

September 12, 2009

JUNE 16, 1939-SEPT. 5, 2009

SHENANDOAH JUNCTION, W.Va. - Nancy Marie Hockensmith, 70, of Bel-Mar Farm in Shenandoah Junction, passed away peacefully at her home on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2009.

Born June 16, 1939, she was the daughter of the late Abner Bell Hockensmith and Mary Isabell (Fritts) Hockensmith.

She was a native of Jefferson County and a graduate of Charles Town High School (class of 1957). Nancy earned a bachelor of arts degree in pre-medicine at West Virginia University in 1961, and completed one year at the WVU School of Medicine. Subsequently, she became a graduate assistant in the Department of Zoology, Comparative Anatomy and Embryology, where she obtained a master of science degree in 1965.

In 1965, Nancy joined the Potomac State College faculty as an instructor in biology, rising to the rank of full professor in 1985. She held a variety of administrative positions at Potomac State, including associate dean (1984-1989), dean of the college (1989-1994) and interim executive dean (CEO) in 1987. She also served as athletic director/coordinator from 1983 to 1988. She became chairperson of the Division of Natural and Physical Sciences and Mathematics in 1979, holding that post until 1984.


Professor Hockensmith had the honor of being the first woman to chair an academic division at the college, of serving as athletic director/coordinator, of being CEO in the interim executive dean position, and of being dean of the college. She received a number of honors and awards during her career.

In June 1994, Nancy retired after 31 years of service at Potomac State. She returned to Shenandoah Junction and lived at her home at Bel-Mar Farm.

Nancy was a lifelong member of Charles Town Presbyterian Church. She was a member of the Eastern Star and the Rotary Club, and board member of the Charles Town Chamber of Commerce. She also was active in numerous other community organizations.

She currently was the executive director of Good Shepherd Caregivers' "A Faith In Action Program," where she devoted much of her time and efforts.

She is survived by two brothers, Abner Dean Hockensmith and wife, Wilma, of Shenandoah Junction, and William LaMar Hockensmith and wife, Ellen, of Romney, W.Va.; and one brother-in-law, Jarrett M. (Jack) Crowley of Aurora, Colo. Nieces and nephews include Betty Patricia (Crowley) Norkett, Jarrett Wayne Crowley and wife, Nancy, and Larry Eugene Crowley and wife, Tina, all of Colorado; Janet Marie (Hockensmith) Carroll, Deborah Ann Hockensmith, and Samuel Lee Hockensmith and wife Tracey, all of Shenandoah Junction; Shea LaMar Hockensmith and wife, Debra, of Inwood, W.Va.; and Tara Lynn Hockensmith of Charles Town. Nancy also is survived by numerous great-nieces, great-nephews, great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Dorothy (Dottie) Bell Hockensmith Crowley of Aurora, Colo.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Good Shepherd Caregivers, c/o Angela Hill, P.O. Box 1882, Shepherdstown WV 25443. The phone number is 304-876-3325.

Arrangements are by Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home, Charles Town.

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