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HALIFAX, Nova Scotia – Nancy Meinertzhagen (nee Prosser) died Fiday (May 6, 2016) in Halifax, Nova Scotia, after a long struggle with progressive supranuclear palsy, a pernicious neurological disorder.

The daughter of Hazel Blanchard and C. Ladd Prosser, a physiology professor at the University of Illinois, she was born April 28, 1942, in Urbana. She attended University High School, and, for a semester during her father's sabbatical, Punahou Academy in Hawaii.

From her childhood on, she spent part or all of most summers in Woods Hole, Mass. While at Uni High, she was greatly influenced by her English teacher, Mrs. Vira. After a year spent at her mother's alma mater, Bates College in Maine, she went on to graduate with a degree in English from the University of Illinois, followed by an M.A.T. from Rhode Island College.

She taught high school English in Rhode Island, California and Massachusetts before moving to Nova Scotia in 1976. There, after a period working at the Children's Aid Society of Halifax, she joined the Halifax Grammar School in 1981, where she became an iconic teacher of English and coached drama for nearly 30 years.

She loved nature, travel, swimming and bicycling, and was a voracious reader of fiction and a longtime member of the Universalist Unitarian Church of Halifax.

She is survived by her son, Steve, daughter-in-law, Nicole, and grandchildren, Henry and Lily, of Chicago; by her brother, Loring of Indianapolis, and sister, Ellen of Woods Hole, and their families; and by her husband, Ian Meinertzhagen, a professor at Dalhousie University in Halifax. These and her many friends will remember her once bright light and indomitable spirit.

A memorial service will be held at the Meinertzhagen Theatre of the Halifax Grammar School at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 29. Donations may be made to your favorite charity. Online messages can be sent in care of Nancy's husband, Ian, at

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