Campus Community Remembering Colleague Nancy Pound

Social Sciences Division Administrative Assistant Loses Cancer Battle

Nancy Pound is shown in this April 29, 2011 photograph displaying her award as the college’s Classified Employee of the Year recipient.

For 15 years, Nancy Pound greeted students and employees with a warm smile and caring voice. And, as the primary administrative assistant in the Social Sciences Division office, she saw a lot of students and employees in her years at Cypress College. Pound, who was honored by both peers and students, died earlier today following a short battle with cancer.

Her supervisor, Lisa Gaetje, who serves as the Interim Dean of the Social Sciences Division, shared this recollection:

In 2011 she received the College’s Outstanding Classified Staff Member Award and the Human Services Department’s Outstanding Support Award. In 2016 she received Associated Students’ Women’s Recognition Award as the “Most Warm-Hearted.” I think many of us would agree that “warm-hearted” is a very appropriate description of Nancy: this was one quality that made her appreciated by the larger campus and certainly by the Social Sciences Division, where she did a lot to contribute to camaraderie and to a sense of family. Indeed, anyone who visited her desk could see by the numerous pictures that she “adopted” every baby born to faculty members in her division. She will be sorely missed.

Pound began working in the Social Sciences Division as Administrative Assistant I in 2002 and was promoted to Administrative Assistant III, affectionately known on campus as the “DOM” (or division office manager), in 2009.

Following the passing of her husband, Pound established the endowed “Charles Pound Memorial Scholarship Fund” as a tribute and legacy to the life of her husband, Charles Pound, who passed away in December 2003 from lung cancer. At the time, Pound said she wanted her husband’s positive impact to live on forever — and so she ensured that happened in the best way she knew possible: by helping students. The cash award has been presented to one or two students in the Social Science Division since 2005 in two award categories, one for “Academic Excellence” and the other for “Most Improved Student.”

Information on services is pending.

We invite you to share memories on our Facebook post remembering Nancy Pound.

Nancy Pound presents the first Charles Pound Memorial Scholarship to a Social Sciences student in 2005. Pound created the endowed scholarship to honor her late husband.

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