Rev. Nancy K. Shier

Honored by:Iowa State University Chemistry Department Faculty and Staff
Brick location:SECTION O, ROW 17, BRICK 4  map

The ISU Chemistry Department is proud to honor the Rev. Nancy Katherine Shier, assistant priest at Church of Our Saviour, San Gabriel, and Immanuel Church, El Monte, California. Shier died on Feb. 23, 2021. She was 82. Shier was a very accomplished woman. She ministered to both English and Spanish-speaking congregations at Immanuel Church and did pastoral work at Church of Our Saviour. “I help keep people connected to the life of our church who may have become limited in their ability to attend it,” she wrote in a brief biographical sketch.

Nancy Shier was born in Pasadena on May 31, 1938. She earned a bachelor’s degree at Stanford University in 1960 and a master’s degree at California State University Northridge in 1974. She taught part time in the 1970’s including remedial reading in the California prison system, and later became a full-time high school English teacher. After a 20-year career at San Gabriel High School, she entered Claremont School of Theology/Bloy House, where she earned a master of divinity degree. Bishop Frederik H. Borsch ordained her as a deacon in October 2001; Bishop Chet Talton ordained her to the priesthood a year later. Shier was known for her kindness and pastoral heart. Her hobbies included knitting and other needlework and her fondness for cats.