Nancy Gibson Gould -Siemers
October 19, 1938 – January 31, 2019
Siemers, Nancy Gibson, Ph.D. ("Sunny), nee Gould 1938-20
A native California (born, Paso Robles; Nancy was raised in San Francisco (w/her parents and brother), Los Gatos ( with paternal Grandmother) and Tracy, CA (with maternal grandparents). She preferred an out-of-doors environment, which allowed dozens of sport activities. Camping was a summer joy for 17 years which allowed not only counseling but an additional 6 years of management of a string of 37 horses, learning shoeing, vet care and tack repair. Nancy attended the University of Arizona: she was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta; awarded the University's Outstanding Athlete Award of 1960. She received her Master's Degree ( Human Behavior) and Ph.D. (Clinical Psychology) at U.S. International University during its heyday of superior international faculty. Nancy was a member of the San Diego Chapter of Sweet Adelines from 1960-1970 singing lead in the Calif-4-Notes, the first San Diego quartet to win the Southwest US. Novice championship, Regional Championship, and the first local quartet to participate in the International Championship (6th Place). Nancy was active for decades as a member of the Coronado, Sea'N Air, Balboa Park and Torrey Pines Women's Golf Clubs, and was President of the San Diego County Women's Golf Association. Professionally, Nancy worked for 36 years for the S.D. Unified School District, and was one of the founding members and co-authors of the first drug and alcohol specific programs in the U.S. (D.AN.E.). Additionally, she instituted the Social Concerns Program becoming its first Administrator.
Nancy was preceded in death by her husband (2004), "Mr. Wonderful" Leslie LaVelle Siemers, a retired Navy veteran of WW II, brother, Tony Gould, and step son, James Siemers. Nancy is survived by her niece Michelle Oldt, and step children Leslie Thieda and Phillip Siemers both of Vista. Nancy is also survived by The Widows and Orphans, her local and prized "family" of devoted friends who looked after and saved her on more than one occasion, from difficult illnesses: Jean Dimmick, Bridget Ferrentino, Karen Kapp, Carolyn Kutzke, Carolyn Miller and Virginia Turk.
Nancy's final resting place is at Ft. Rose National Cemetery.