Nancy Clapp-Channing '69
'Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.' Theodore Roosevelt.
In the turbulence of the '60s, MacMurray was a steady sail that gave me a grounded core curriculum, challenged my beliefs, showed me the beauty of another part of America and its people, and launched me into a life of restless pursuit of social justice and of understanding and improving quality of life globally and in the communities where I have lived.
As an engaged MacMurray student, Nancy participated in Student Council, University Christian Movement, and Choir. In the spring semester of 1968, she expanded her boundaries by participating in the exchange program with Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina, a historic African American women's college. She graduated from MacMurray in 1969 with a bachelor's of arts in sociology.
From the soybean heartland of Jacksonville, Nancy travelled to urban New York City to study nursing at Cornell University-New York Hospital where she earned a bachelor's of science in nursing in 1971. For the next four years she gained valuable professional experience in the nursing field, working as a staff nurse at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital and then as public health nurse and coordinator of referrals at Tufts-New England Medical Center for the Visiting Nurse Association in Boston, Massachusetts. Subsequently in 1977, she completed the requirements for her master's in public health nursing from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Public Health.
With a new passion for epidemiologic research, Nancy began a clinical studies career at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina. From 1978-1988, she served as clinical research coordinator in the family medicine residency program, and then moved to the Outcomes Research Group at the Duke Clinical Research Institute where she has provided leadership and management as a senior project manager in the areas of cost effectiveness and quality of life for clinical research and international clinical trials of heart disease.
Nancy further developed her professional career through membership and research councils for both the American Heart Association and the American Public Health Association. She has held leadership positions in many organizations, including End Poverty of Durham, Shepard House Assisted Living Family Council, Orange County Long Term Care, and Peace Action (formerly SANE/FREEZE), and through her lifelong love of music, organized local choruses to travel and engage and share concerts with other singers in Russia, Brazil, Israel, South Africa, and Namibia. She continues to find her yoga and voice with the local Choral Society of Durham.
The MacMurray College Alumni Association Board recognized Nancy with the Distinguished Career Award at Homecoming 2009.