Nancy Lehmann Haynes was born on August 22, 1937, in Peterborough, New Hampshire, the oldest child of Paul William Lehmann and Nancy Metcalf Lehmann. Nancy's parents, Paul and Nancy Lehmann, were founders of Dublin School, a preparatory boarding school for boys, in Dublin, New Hampshire. She grew up in Dublin, attending the Dublin Elementary School and later, Dublin School, as the only girl at that time. Her Junior and Senior years were spent at Emma Willard School in Troy, New York.
Following graduation from Emma Willard, Nancy went to Barnard College in New York City and graduated with a degree in Biology in 1959. Moving from rural New Hampshire to New York City was very exciting for Nancy. She loved exploring the city, from St. Patrick's Cathedral to China Town and felt that the stimulating environment of Barnard College enriched her life. She particularly treasured the friendships that she formed there.
Nancy's next educational experience was at the University of Wyoming, where she received her master's degree in Botany in 1960. The following year she spent at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina studying and teaching Botany and Zoology.
Nancy's professional career began in 1961 doing neurological research at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. She then taught at Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho and in 1962 she returned to her hometown where she was an instructor of Biology, Geology and Genetics at Dublin School until 1967.
During this time, Nancy was an avid traveler, including several extended trips to the Caribbean and to Europe where she visited her German relatives. She also enjoyed sailing, skiing, and photography.
Following her teaching experiences, she became a science editor at Silver Burdett Company in New Jersey. There she met Donald K. Haynes, and they were married in Dublin, New Hampshire on October 11, 1969. Don and Nancy moved to Deerfield, Illinois where they lived for 25 years. Their home was a welcome spot for many fun family holidays and summer vacations. Nancy worked as an editor of textbooks and standardized tests for Rand McNally and Houghton Mifflin publishing companies.
In retirement, Don and Nancy moved to Waynesville, North Carolina, where they enjoyed beautiful scenery in the Smoky Mountains for 28 years. They loved the nice weather, gardening, lots of golf at Laurel Ridge Country Club, bridge games with their many friends, reading, birding, Grace Church in the Mountains and their devoted cats.
In 2017 Don and Nancy moved to Catonsville, Maryland to be closer to family, and celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2019. Don's loving family graciously guided Don and Nancy through the final years of their lives. Nancy's family will always be grateful to Don's daughter-in-law Jane Haynes for her very kind and enduring care. Nancy died on April 6, 2023.
Nancy was predeceased by her parents, her husband, Don Haynes in January 2023 and Don's son, Chris Haynes in 2015.
Nancy is survived by her siblings, Louisa Birch and her husband David; Paul Lehmann and his wife Helen; and Cornelia Throssel and her husband Steve. Also surviving are Don's children, Larry Haynes and his wife Jane; Gene Haynes and his wife Holly; and Andrea Haynes; Don's grandchildren, Maureen Weiner and her husband Henry; Shannon Haynes; and Ross Haynes and his wife Jo Tozzi. Also surviving are Don's great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
A Memorial Service will be held at Brightview Rolling Hills on Staurday, May 13, 2023 at 11:00 am. A family burial will be held at a later date in North Carolina.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Dublin School, 18 Lehmann Way, Dublin, New Hampshire 03444.
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