Nancy Gregson Harper

Nancy Gregson Harper

Maple Bluff – Nancy Gregson Harper, age 91, died peacefully in her sleep on Tuesday evening, May 20th, following a brief illness.

Nancy was born on July 12, 1922 in Chicago, Illinois. She was the eldest of three children born to Mr. and Mrs. William Fuller Gregson of Chicago. Growing up during the “Great Depression” had a profound impact on Nancy’s adult life, leading to a strong belief in community service and financial conservatism.

Nancy earned a B.A. at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, an M.A. at Ohio State University, and taught at the college level at Ohio State, Wichita State and UW-Madison.

She married John C. Harper, her husband of 62 years, in Chicago, Illinois in 1950. They met at a sailing regatta in Lake Geneva, WI and together raised and educated three children in Madison. A pillar of the community, Nancy served Madison in a multitude of ways. She served four, three-year terms (1973 to 1985) on the Madison school board, five years as Chairman of the Finance Committee, and held the positions of Treasurer, Vice President and President of the Madison School Board.

Nancy was also a member of the Village Board of Maple Bluff for five years, serving as its president for three years.In addition, she ran for the 93rd Assembly seat as a Republican in 1982. Public service, education and political action were passions she followed and acted upon throughout her life.

Nancy is survived by her husband, John, sons John Jr.(Kristine), Carl (Chip) (Sandy) and daughter Polly (Bob) Dudley. Nancy is further survived by her sister Polly Lent, five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

In keeping with Nancy’s wishes, cremation will take place. A memorial gathering in celebration of Nancy’s life is being planned for a later date.

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