It is with deep sadness that we share with our MAA colleagues news of the death of Nancy Deromedi, who passed away at home on October 13 after a year-long battle with esophageal cancer. Born November 9, 1961, in Wyandotte, Michigan, Nancy grew up in Dundee, Michigan, where she was active at school and in the community. After earning a degree in business management from Ferris State University in 1983, Nancy moved to Ann Arbor to operate a Laura Ashley store. She married David Deromedi in 1990, and in that same year returned to school, studying history at the University of Michigan. A seminar in Michigan history and her discovery of the Bentley Historical Library influenced Nancy to become an archivist. She completed her BA in 1995 and remained to obtain her master’s degree from the School of Information in 1997. Upon graduation, Nancy joined the Bentley Historical Library as an assistant archivist and finished her career there as Associate Director for Curation, a reflection of her longstanding expertise and influence in the curation of digital archives. Among her many accomplishments is the creation of a set of best practices for the preservation of digital collections. Significant digital collections on which she worked include the digital archives of University of Michigan president James Duderstadt and Governor Jennifer Granholm, along with key U-M administrative records. Not only were Nancy’s ideas and work supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, but her work led to the creation of the Campus Case Studies series published by the Society of American Archivists, and she traveled widely presenting at conferences across the country and around the world. At the Bentley Historical Library, she helped develop significant architectural design collections, including those of Robert Metcalf, David Osler, and George Brigham. Nancy’s interest in architecture and design extended beyond the workplace. In addition to her influential work in archives, Nancy was a co-founder of a2Modern, an architectural history group that raises awareness of and helps preserve Ann Arbor’s modern architecture and design legacy through lectures, tours, and publications. Surviving Nancy are her husband David, parents Jerry Allen and Gaye Kathleen Skinner, brother Jeffrey Allen Skinner, sister Patricia Skinner-Smudz, and other family members. A memorial service will take place Friday, November 7, 2014, 10:30 a.m., at the First Presbyterian Church, Ann Arbor, and a reception at the Ann Arbor City Club will immediately follow. The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to the Matthaei Botanical Gardens or Arbor Hospice.
Image courtesy of the Bentley Historical Library. To read more about Nancy’s life, please see her full obituary in the Ann Arbor News.