Nancy Ann Blum

February 1, 1933February 14, 2019

Nancy Ann Blum, 86, of Athens, beloved mother and grandmother and friend to everyone who knew her, dedicated environmentalist and social justice advocate, a woman who loved cats, books of all shape and kind, 19th century art, adventure travel, and the pleasures of cookies and conversation, died peacefully at home on Thursday, February 14, 2019.

She worked to make the world a better place – and she did just that every single day.

Born Nancy Ann Hilpp in Chicago on February 1, 1933, and known to everyone as Ann, she learned to value independence early. By the age of 8, she was riding city trolleys to horseback riding lessons. An early lover of books, she worked for a Chicago-based publishing company before studying writing, advertising, and marketing at the University of Illinois. While at Illinois, she met the love of her life – Murray S. Blum, who would become an internationally known entomologist at the University of Georgia – and they married in 1953. She received her BA from Illinois at almost the same time and later would receive a master’s degree in education from UGA. She went on to work at the university’s Institute of Government for many years, with an emphasis on its publication programs. Even after retirement, she remained a lifetime UGA supporter.

She is survived by her four daughters: Deborah Blum, and husband, Peter Haugen, of Boston, MA; Darcy Szeremi, and partner, Jerry Martin, of Chapel Hill, NC; Dawn Lewis, and husband, Fred Lewis, of Austin, TX; Dana Kuehn, and fiancé, Steve Kenney, of Atlanta, GA; her brother, Roger Hilpp, of Aurora, IL; her grandchildren, Marcus and Lucas Haugen; Hannah, Alex, and Amanda Lewis; Andrew and Tristan Szeremi (and their father, Michael Szeremi) and countless friends.

A memorial service will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Athens on Sunday, March 17th, at 2:30 p.m., followed by a reception. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to one of her favorite charities: The Georgia Museum of Natural History, The State Botanical Garden of Georgia, or the World Wildlife Fund.


  • Memorial Service Sunday, March 17, 2019

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Margaret and Michael LaMorte

March 13, 2019

Ann was a caring and valued friend, who will live on in our memory.

Gary Ross

March 12, 2019

I first met Ann and Murray Blum in 1962 when I entered graduate school at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge. I was interested in researching tropical butterflies and Murray endorsed me as his graduate student. During the following five years, I often visited and dined with Murray, and their four daughters at their home just outside the gates of LSU. Although I remained in B.R. after graduating, Murray and family moved in 1967 to the University of Georgia in Athens . During subsequent years I sometimes drove to Athens to visit, and on at least one occasion, Murray and Ann stopped by my home in B.R. to visit on their return trip from Texas where they visited with their daughter Dawn. How I missed Murray when he passed a few years ago! Now, I will miss Ann with the same feelings of warmth and friendship. My deepest condolences to Deborah, Darcy, Dawn, and Dana. I hope this image of a butterfly, the universal metaphor for transfiguration, will help you during these dark days.

Tappey Jones

March 12, 2019

Karen and I are really saddened by this. Ann and Murray were so kind to us during our time in Athens. I recall taking morning walks with Ann when we were staying at their house. We haad been corresponding, along with others, over the last few years about papers with Murray and I had no idea she was not in good health. Our thoughts and prayers will be with Deborah, Dawn, D'arcy and Dana.

Tappey and Karen Jones.