Reverend Nancy Claire Essig

4 October, 193925 October, 2020

Reverend Nancy Claire Essig, 81, of Charlottesville, Va, passed away on Sunday, October 25, 2020.

Nancy was born on October 4, 1939, in Canton, Ohio, to the late Atlee L. Essig and Bernice G. Bowen Essig. She grew up in North Canton, Ohio and was a graduate of Ohio University.

Nancy is survived by several cousins and many wonderful friends.

Nancy was a long time leader in scholarly publishing, working in New York City, later at Johns Hopkins University and retiring as the Director of the University of Virginia Press. After retiring in 2002, she graduated from the Union Presbyterian Seminary, Richmond, VA, and served as the Minister at the Burkeville Presbyterian Church. Nancy loved helping all people in any way she could - whether on a very large scale or with the most basic individual needs. Nancy was giving, fun and loved to travel. She had the most infectious laugh. All of us who knew her will dearly miss her.

A memorial service is being planned for a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to Meals on Wheels, Charlottesville, VA.


  • A memorial service will be held at a later date.


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Elizabeth Lawson

1 November 2020

Working with Nancy when she was the Director of the UVA Press on the expansion of the Press facility on Sprigg Lane was a pleasure. Retiring from the world of books to enter the world of her Christian beliefs was inspiring. RIP Nancy.
Jo Lawson

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