Nancy Russell Hamant

September 2, 1935 - November 26, 2020

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Hamant, Nancy Russell

Beloved Wife of Thomas H. Hamant for 61 years. Loving Sister-in-Law of William E. (Karla) Hamant. Dear Aunt of Brad (Vicki) Hamant and Cris (Linda) Hamant. Great Aunt of Kacee, Molly, Riley, Libby, and Anna. Predeceased by parents Robert A. & Hilma Russell, brother Robert B. Russell, and aunt Nellie Richardson. Nancy spent 50 years in Education beginning in 1957 at Reading HS, then 43 years at the University of Cincinnati including 21 years as UC's NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative. She is a recipient of numerous awards including UC Alumni Association's 2010 William Howard Taft Medal and 2015 induction into the UC Athletics HOF. She is the namesake of UC Athletic Department's Nancy Hamant Academic Center and the annual Nancy Hamant Scholar-Athlete Award. Nancy was the first woman appointed to the Hamilton County Park District Board of Commissioners. She enjoyed her involvement in the Cincinnati Woman's Club and was a devoted member of Fleming Road United Church of Christ. Nancy passed away Thursday, November 26, 2020. Funeral Services are being held privately for family only. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Nancy R. & Thomas H. Hamant Endowment Fund for College of Education, Criminal Justice & Human Services at the University of Cincinnati, P.O. Box 19970, Cincinnati, Ohio, 45219.


Nancy and Rick Greer - Dec 13, 2020
Tom: was so saddened to hear of Dr. Hamant's passing. She was the most gracious lady I have had the pleasure of knowing. She will truly be missed. We just heard. The Park District is not the same with Dr. Hamant, Mr Goering and Mr. Bushman.
Craig Niemi - Dec 13, 2020
I had the privilege to know Nancy when she served on the Observatory’s board of directors. Always insightful and a delight to be in her company.
Cindy Brock - Dec 9, 2020
Tom, I was deeply saddened to hear the news about Nancy. I enjoyed getting to know the both of you through out the years. Nancy smile always made my day better. Talking about Basketball and learning about her accomplishments brought true joy to me. My thoughts are with you at this time. Cindy Brock ( Bob Evans)
Dorothy (Moser) Schaeper-Michel - Dec 6, 2020
Sympathy to Tom and family in the loss of Nancy, I remember her from Hughes High School class of 1953, She was a very intelligent and nice person. She had a great career at UC and I am sure will be greatly missed by her friends and family.
Al Campbell - Dec 6, 2020
Tom, I now live in northern Indiana but our Cloverfield neighbors kindly reached me when they heard about Nancy. I have read the beautiful article about her career, accomplishments and awards at UC, and I have read her obituary in today's Enquirer. What wonderful tributes to a wonderful, long life. I think of you Tom. I hope that you are doing OK. I have been through this. It is hard, but both of us should be thankful for such long and successful married lives, to terrific women.. God Bless You. After this Pandemic I hope to visit MKV, and to see you. PS I'll be thinking of Nancy and you when I watch the Crosstown Shootout later this afternoon. Go UC. Your Friend, Al
Jim & Loretta Baskerville - Dec 6, 2020
We will always remember Nancy. She was a committed, loving, and generous person who helped many college students and others.
Wilfred Schnier - Dec 6, 2020
Nancy brought common sense when there was chaos, calm when there was only emotion, and loyalty to a department which espoused loyalty but did not always practice it. She was filled to the brim with honesty and integrity and she was also able to lift up others in their time of need. There is a reason why her picture hangs in the Richard Lindner Center at UC and why one floor is named in her honor.
Bill Mulvihill - Dec 6, 2020
Nancy was simply the best. She was a mentor, colleague and ultimately a friend. She was the ultimate Bearcat. I cherished Tom and her friendship thru the years. May she Rest In Peace and may God hold her in the palm of his hand.
Eva Weisz - Dec 5, 2020
Nanncy was my advisor at UC between 1967 and 1971. I ended up becoming a college professor of Education STudies (DePauw University for 30 years) due to her early mentoring and caring, kind manner with a frightened 18 year old. She made a huge impact on my life/career. I am sad to hear this news. She was a great lady.
Ken & Helle Martin - Dec 5, 2020
Nancy was a great educator and a fine person. We will miss her. Sympathies to her family.
Linda Miltner - Dec 5, 2020
Dr. Hamant was a wonderful person. I was honored when she agreed to serve on a panel when our school was working toward North Central Accreditation. Her wisdom, calm manner, and professionalism were invaluable.
Erwin F Erhardt, III - Dec 5, 2020
I'm very saddened to learn of Nancy's passing. She helped shape generations of educators. I will miss my annual luncheons with her. The University of Cincinnati will miss her.
Lisa Whittaker - Dec 5, 2020
Dr. Hamant was truly one of the best professors I had at UC. She was kind, helpful, a great listener and so inspiring. My prayers to her and her family at this time. She effected so many and will live on in the work of those who learned from her.
Patricia G. Bard, Ed.D. - Dec 4, 2020
Dr. Nancy Hamant inspired me with her devotion and service. She engendered a love of teaching and I am fortunate to have known her. My life was profoundly impacted by her example. Sincere sympathy to her family, friends and colleagues on this great loss.
Amy Roell - Dec 4, 2020
I am so sad to hear this news. Dr. Hamant was such a special person! I knew her through her time on the Board of Commissioners for the Hamilton County Park District, now Great Parks. She was such a strong advocate for education in the parks! She has certainly left a legacy of care and compassion for us all!
Janet Carl - Dec 4, 2020
I am so saddened by the news. She was one of our monthly lunch dates. She shaped my life as a coach and was a great mentor! Heaven gained a great one!
Cheryl (Thielmeyer) Rice - Dec 4, 2020
Nancy was a truly caring and dedicated person to education and athletics. Her life-long friendship and deep family connections shaped the teaching-education careers of both my parents and to my career in health administration through UC. She was a role model of what it meant to be a strong, well-educated and dedicated women. Her guidance to both my mother and I in our professional careers was invaluable. Most of all she will be remembered for her wonderful smile, wonderful childhood memories "at camp" and Christmas parties with family and friends.
Judy McCarty Kuhn - Dec 3, 2020
Nancy was my teacher and advisor at UC. She was a role model for us all, and always kind and helpful. I saw her frequently during my 30 year career as a high school English and history teacher. She influenced an entire generation of teachers and students. She will be greatly missed.
Janet Graden - Dec 3, 2020
My deepest condolences to the family. I respected Nancy for her professionalism, commitment to education, and kindness to others. She has made a lasting positive impact in her career and will be greatly missed.
Alina Nosal - Dec 2, 2020
On behalf of the Woman's Club of the University of Cincinnati, we want to offer our deep condolences to Tom and Nancy's family. Nancy was a 30 years member of the Club and we appreciate her support to it and our students through the Woman's Club Scholarship Fund!
Joel Milgram - Dec 2, 2020
Nancy had one of the biggest hearts I have known. I will miss her terribly.
Paul Klaczak - Dec 1, 2020
A number of years ago, I had the privilege to work with Nancy. During that time, I found out what a great person she was. She became a mentor to me and my friend. I’m saddened by the news of her passing. My condolences to her family.
Laura & Richard Kretschmer - Dec 1, 2020
We were so sorry to learn of the passing of this great gal. We worked with her in faculty affairs for the College of Education and Athletic Department. Such a force.
Meridy Glenn - Dec 1, 2020
I am deeply saddened for the passing of a great lady, Dr. Nancy Hamant. Deep condolences to Tom and family. Much love,