Yesterday morning we received the following notice from Holly Meléndez, by way of Joan Wagner, on the passing of our dear friend and colleague Dr. Ardis Nelson:
"Sadly, I am writing to let you know that our dear friend, colleague and mentor passed away this morning in her home, after an extended illness. Dr. Nelson was one of the most influential people in my life and I know many of you share the same sentiment. She worked tirelessly on behalf of others, often behind the scenes, and rarely for credit. She was so kind and so active in her work, in her community, and in her personal life. Her contribution transcends her death as we continue to aspire to live in her legacy."
Dr. Nelson was an instrumental figure in the history of TAPIT. She was a Member-At-Large and Secretary of the Board from 2007 to 2013. She founded the Graduate Certificate in Health Care Translation and Interpreting program at ETSU, where she was Director of the ETSU Language and Culture Resource Center until recently. Many of our colleagues befriended her and were her students, and speak of her with admiration as a wonderful teacher and a kind, generous and loving person.
President Emeritus Marvyn Bacigalupo-Tipps has shared this reflection:
"Ardis repeatedly told me I was her mentor and teacher and I always replied that she was the best student and teacher of interpretation I ever had! Her students were her life. Ardis singlehandedly introduced interpretation and translation into a very traditional literature-oriented language department to the point that they offered an advanced certificate in interpretation that she designed. These are my observations given in the spirit of admiration and friendship. Ardis was truly a marvelous human being and an exceptional teacher, colleague and friend. She will be dearly missed."
TAPIT joins Dr. Nelson's family and friends in this moment of sadness.
Friends and family are invited to gather (come and go, as convenient) in her home today Friday, November 10 after 5pm. Please message me for the address.
There will be a simple graveside service at the VA Mountain Home National Cemetery on Friday, Nov. 17 at 2:30 pm.
Please use the link below to view the obituary notice: