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Dr. Nancy Beck Florez-Estrada

Photo used with permission of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review

Photo used with permission of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review

Dr. Nancy Beck Florez-Estrada, associate professor of Spanish at Pitt-Greensburg, passed away on Monday, January 19, 2015. She is survived by her husband of 43 years, Joe Luis Florez-Estrada; her children, Jaime Florez-Estrada (daughter-in-law, Claudia Visbal Florez-Estrada) and Krista Florez-Estrada Gallucci (son-in-law, Nicolas Gallucci); two grandchildren, Benjamin Gallucci and William Gallucci; and cousins. Dr. Florez-Estrada began teaching at Pitt-Greensburg in 1982, and in 2010 was instrumental in developing Spanish as a major on campus. She also helped establish the Latin American Studies Certificate (LAS) program. She served as advisor to Pitt-Greensburg’s Spanish Club. She was the recipient of various awards, which included the 1989 Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award, the 2001 Pitt-Greensburg Professional Development award for faculty, the 2010 Pitt-Greensburg Alumni Asoociation (PGAA) Outstanding Faculty Award, the 2010 Pitt-Greensburg Service Award for faculty, and the 2002, 2009, and 2014 Advisor of the Year Award. Florez-Estrada also taught at Carnegie Mellon University (1991-1992), Seton Hill University (1979-1982) and Purdue University (1967-1972). She also worked as a Spanish/ESL instructor and translator for General Foods Corp. in Madrid, Spain (1973-1978). She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish Language and Literature with a minor in French Language and Literature from Grove City College. She completed a Master of Arts degree in Spanish Language and Peninsular Literature at Michigan State University and participated in the University’s Overseas Study Program to Madrid, Spain. Florez-Estrada earned her Ph.D. in Spanish Applied Linguistics and Methodology from the University of Pittsburgh. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, in Campana Chapel.

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