Nina A. Westcott

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Educational Foundations (EDEF)

Nina A. Westcott, professor in the College of Education from 1967 until her retirement in 1993, died December 30, 2008 at the age of 70. She taught and conducted research in counseling and guidance.

Ralph Stueber, professor of educational foundations in the COE from 1959 to 1993 and one-time neighbor of the Westcotts, recalls, "She and I worked on a number of executive committees together, and I was fascinated by her perspective on life and her avid interest in shared governance. Her style, charm, and manner in which she held herself were all striking. Nina was bold and outspoken. She had much to do with the quality and movement of the college."

Born in Gauhati, Assam, India, Westcott earned her bachelor's degree in Political Science at St. Mary's College in Notre Dame, Indiana (1958), followed by a master's degree in education at DePaul University, Chicago (1962); and a PhD in counseling psychology at the University of Arizona (1967).

COE alumna and former student of Westcott's, Carla Lum, shares, "I have fond memories of Dr. Westcott and respected her professionalism and contributions to the counseling community." Director of the ITE-Secondary program Irvin King adds, "Nina was the Chair of the COE Faculty Senate from 1988 to 1989. Attending a senate meeting at which Nina presided was always an uplifting experience. She was vivacious with a great sense of humor; she was a positive and happy person; she laughed and she loved." 

Westcott was passionate about helping others, serving as a Red Cross and AARP volunteer. In addition to her work and charity, she was known for her culinary and botanical skills. She was an advocate of lifelong learning, especially through reading and traveling. Although Westcott died unexpectedly while on a cruise through Antarctica, she fulfilled her dream of seeing the beauty of its icebergs and wildlife.