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Nancy Meigs Brandriss ’52

December 10, 2010, in Saratoga Springs, New York.

Born in Santa Barbara, California, Nancy and her brother grew up in Chico, California, and Arlington, Virginia. After graduating from Sidwell Friends School in Washington, DC, Nancy enrolled at Reed. After a year, she transferred to Drew University, where she completed her bachelor’s degree in botany. She taught horticulture at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, further developing her love of plants and gardens. In New York, she met Michael Brandriss, a medical student at New York University, and they married in 1955. 

The couple moved to Maryland to pursue Michael’s medical career and begin a family before eventually settling down in Pittsford, New York. Nancy was an inspiring mother to her four children, with whom she shared her love of open skies, fresh air, woods, lakes, and mountains. She is survived by her brother, Willard Meigs; her sons, David, Peter, and Mark; and her daughter, Deborah Sullivan.

Appeared in Reed magazine: June 2019

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