Dr. Nancy Hague, associate professor of psychology, passed away Friday, Feb. 17 at Hospice Atlanta after a long fight against ovarian cancer. She was surrounded by family and friends.
Hague was from DeLand, Fla. She received her Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Stetson University in 1978, then worked for the Social Security Administration in Birmingham for a year. In 1979, she became a food program specialist with the Department of Agriculture in Atlanta.
She began working on her doctorate in clinical psychology in 1988 at the University of Tennessee/Knoxville. In 1995 she accepted a position at Cherokee Health Systems in Talbott, Tenn. as a clinician at two different community mental health facilities. In 2001 she moved back to Atlanta and worked for the Department of Human Resources as a mental health/substance abuse specialist. She also taught at Kennesaw State University before joining the faculty at Georgia Highlands in 2003.
Hague led the Phi Theta Kappa chapter of GHC, and helped it become one of the top 25 chapters worldwide. At the time of her death she was serving on the statewide Psych Advisory Committee. She also captained the GHC Relay for Life team, raising thousands of dollars for cancer research.
The family has requested that donations be made to the American Cancer Society if colleagues wish to honor her memory. Per Hague’s wishes, a memorial picnic will be held in Cartersville on April 1.
Teresa Hutchins, assistant professor of political science, was a close friend and associate of Hague’s. She said, “Nancy was truly a great friend and colleague. She and I first met when I started at the college in the fall of 2005. Since she and I were in the same division, we have worked together. However, we didn’t become close until I became a PTK advisor and moved my office to Cartersville during the summer of 2007. Nancy, Sharryse Henderson (associate professor of biology) and I were the only three advisors to PTK at the time. So we were a little bit like the Three Musketeers. We would have lunch/dinner together, and then go shopping for PTK supplies, etc. Since our offices were all on the same floor across from each other in Cartersville we would speak with each other often.
“After Nancy decided to resign as a PTK advisor, she and I still remained close. We continued to have lunches/dinners together. We would go shopping together. Nancy always had a coupon for almost every store that you can think of. She also had a knack for finding deals on airline tickets and rental cars. Nancy and Sharryse helped my boyfriend plan my 30th birthday party a few years ago. That was a very special time as I had never had a birthday party before, and it meant the world that I had two of my best friends trying to make it special. Nancy and I even worked out at a local gym together. We would talk about various topics while walking on the treadmill. I even showed her how to use some of the ab machines at the gym. Afterwards, we would always go out for dinner.
“Nancy was a very big supporter of the American Cancer Society. While I do not know just exactly how many years ago it happened, I do know that Nancy lost a sister to cancer. It was at that point she became active in the Relay for Life in Bartow County. It started out as an event that Nancy, Sharryse and I worked on for Phi Theta Kappa. It has grown into more of a GHC-wide team in recent years, rather than just a PTK team. This past fall, some of us decided to make teal ribbons for ovarian cancer. Some of us also had t-shirts that said ‘GHC walks for Dr. Hague’ and buttons with her photo on them. Many participants bought luminary bags in her honor. They were all lined up in front of a sign inscribed with the t-shirt slogans. She was so thrilled when she stopped by Relay for Life for a brief time.
“She loved Einstein’s Bagels, burgers from Ted’s, and a decadent chocolate cake from Romano’s Macaroni Grill. She loved to swim, as she enjoyed the weightlessness and freedom of floating in the water.
“While I will treasure Nancy’s friendship and the memories that I made with her the most, I also value her dedication to her students. For example, even at the end when she was in the hospital, and before they moved her into the hospice, she dictated a letter of recommendation for a student. She has certainly mentored many students along the way and I know that there are some students who have also been devastated by her loss.
“I miss her every day. Moving forward, I hope I can honor her while bringing attention to the issue of ovarian cancer so that no one else will ever have to suffer from this horrible disease.”
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