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Nancy Brown (Stiles) VIEW PROFILE

Deceased Classmate: Nancy Brown Stiles
Date Of Birth: 
Date Deceased: 8-11-1997
Age at Death: 51
Cause of Death: brain aneurysm
Classmate City: New Brunswick
Classmate State: NJ
Classmate Country: USA
Was a Veteran: No 
Survived By: Ted Stiles (husband, now also deceased, OC 68) Kaelyn Stiles and Ben Stiles (children)

At the time of her unexpected death, Nancy was the Deputy Attorney General for the State of New Jersey. She was a champion in issues of environmental law. A scholarship to support women entering the field of environmental law has been established in her name at Rutgers University. Nancy was the most solid, sensible friend that anyone could ever have. She was a great mom, teacher, and advocate, a woman who combined sensitivity and care with firm resolve. She never took herself too seriously, but she was respectful of anyone who crossed her path. 

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05/14/18 12:32 PM #1    

Robert Baker

Nancy was a good friend from early Freshman year until her shocking death at age 51, way too young. I visited her and Ted Stiles in Seattle a couple of times, and then many times in New Jersey and get togethers with the Stiles, Comstocks and Wolfes. Traveling to New Jersey for her funeral was one of the saddest trips of my life. She went to law school after graduating from Oberlin, and quickly advanced in the New Jersey AG office. One story I remember is traveling to her wedding, and being put to work cleaning the garage by her father. She was always a lot of fun to be around. 

05/15/18 08:32 AM #2    

Liz Ryan (Cole)

Chuck and I had the pleasure of picking blackberries in the streets of Seattle with Nancy and Ted and years later we were able to connect professionally when she graciously and professionally served as mentor to environmental students from Vermont Law School.  I did not know about the scholarship and will look for it. What a role model she was.

05/16/18 12:18 PM #3    

Pam Rea (Machemer)

Nancy was on my hall freshman year and we were fast friends for the next four.  My last contact with Nancy was a dinner meet-up in Princeton with her and Mary Helen Binger.  Somehow after that we lost contact (children, jobs?), and I was devastated when I learned of her death.  Her generosity of spirit, sense of fun and sterling principles are sorely missed. 


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