OBITUARY: HARRY W. NERHOOD, LONGTIME WHITTIER COLLEGE PROFESSOR

Whittier College News Release

For Immediate Release - April 27, 1998

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OBITUARY: HARRY W. NERHOOD, LONGTIME WHITTIER COLLEGE PROFESSOR

Harry W. Nerhood, professor emeritus of history, died Saturday, April 24. He was 87.

Nerhood taught history at Whittier College from 1936 to 1975, and then emerged from retirement to teach several classes in the 1980s.

In 1986, Nerhood told Charles Elliott, Jr., author of Whittier College: The first century on the Poet campus, of his years at the college. "I've never had any children," said Nerhood, "but I've had thousands of students, and they are my sons and daughters." A teacher's job, said Nerhood, is "to move a student out of a rut and get him thinking about things. If you take a student and don't stir him up one way or another, you're not doing your job."

In 1985, Whittier College created the Harry W. Nerhood Award for Teaching Excellence, an annual award honoring a faculty member for exemplary service. Nerhood himself received the award in 1986.

His survivors include his wife, Leona, of Whittier; sister-in-law Jeanne Nerhood of West Virginia; nephews Robert Wilson of Michigan, Bill Wilson of Ohio, and Dr. Robert Nerhood, his wife, Debbie, and their sons Rob, Timothy and Justin, all of West Virginia; and nieces Lynda Levine and her husband, Marshall, of Maryland, Rebecca Speaks and her husband, Howard, of Texas, Jody Edwards and her husband, Benson, of South Carolina, Emma Jean Dinkins of Indiana, and Martha Brooks of Delaware.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, May 3, at 2 p.m. at First Friends Church in Whittier. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Friends Church or to the Harry W. Nerhood Teaching Excellence Fund at Whittier College.

 

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