Nancy Weber ’66 loved to read and write during her days at Pfeiffer College. She’d frequently visit the G.A. Pfeiffer Library, where she’d curl up with a good book or write poetry, some of which was published in The Phoenix, Pfeiffer’s literary journal.
When Weber, who majored in Christian education, turned her attention to writing papers for classes, she often impressed Judy Powell McCord ’66, who roomed with her during their junior and senior years at Pfeiffer. After returning from the library, McCord recalled, Weber would quickly order her notes on 3X5 cards as she chatted with her roommate, and then bang out what amounted to a winning final draft on the first try.
“She got a good grade on it,” McCord said. “Not everyone could do that.”
Weber died in 2020, having carved out a career as a technical writer. Now, her memory will live on in the Misenheimer library’s Nancy S. Weber Reading Alcove, which Pfeiffer has named in recognition of Weber’s generous estate gift, made as a member of the University’s Emily Prudden Heritage Society.
She bequeathed her house in Lake Mary, Fla. to Pfeiffer, allowing its sale to provide her final contribution to her alma mater. She did not restrict the use of this planned gift, permitting the University’s use of the net proceeds for immediate needs such as tech improvements, scholarships, and enhancements to the total Pfeiffer experience.
Weber’s “generous gift is no surprise,” said Paula Deremeer Poole ’67, who befriended Weber at Pfeiffer. “Nancy had a big and caring heart. She was a staunch supporter of the kind of rich education we were all blessed to have received at Pfeiffer.”
Eleanor Garcia ’66, one of Weber’s closest Pfeiffer friends, said that Weber “loved Pfeiffer, as we all do...She would be proud to see more alumni making special gifts to Pfeiffer.”
Jackie Wetherington Callis ’66, with whom Weber also forged a close friendship at Pfeiffer, said that she “absolutely was an ambassador” for the school.
Callis said she is happy to see Weber’s gift and “her contribution to the Class of 1966” honored by the naming of the reading alcove.
These special friends also cherish the memories of their annual reunions with Weber that began in 1994. The visits – to places like Cape May, N.J.; the Outer Banks of North Carolina; Lancaster, Pa.; Washington, D.C.; the mountainous Sparta, N.C.; and Key West, Fla. – lasted through 2019.
In a Pfeiffer Alumni Magazine article that she wrote around 2000, Weber reported on what she called their “Middle Aged Broads” reunions, each of which took place in the home of a different Pfeiffer hostess.
“We enjoyed each other’s company tremendously,” McCord said. “Nancy especially liked discussing books we had read and learning what everyone had been up to.”
There was also plenty of delicious food to eat. Weber’s homemade oatmeal cookies made for a reliable hit. And Garcia, a fixture at the reunions, praised (and shared the recipe for) Weber’s microwaved “1-Minute Cake,” an exceptionally small, low-calorie cake that was ready to eat in one minute.
Weber was in her element among her Pfeiffer friends, who now greatly miss her. Once COVID restrictions are lifted, they plan to hold a memorial service for her at Pfeiffer. And, fittingly, “we do plan on making a contribution in Nancy’s memory,” McCord said.