Remembering Our Friend & Colleague Nanette Chadwick

Dr. Nanette Chadwick in her lab at Auburn University
Dr. Nanette Chadwick in her lab

On Sunday, March 8, 2020, the Office of Sustainability, Auburn University, and the sustainability movement lost a passionate and dedicated friend, educator, and advocate. Dr. Nanette Chadwick, Associate Professor in the College of Science and Mathematics and Director of Academic Sustainability Programs, died as a result of injuries received in a senseless and tragic auto accident on Tuesday, March 3 while returning home from a musical performance.



Dr. Nanette Chadwick studying coral reefs
Dr. Nanette Chadwick studying coral reefs

Nanette was a woman pioneer as a research scientist studying coral reef ecosystems all over the world for more than thirty years. As Director of Academic Sustainability Programs she educated dozens of Auburn University faculty from colleges and schools across the university so they could effectively incorporate sustainability into their classes. She oversaw the maturation and expansion of the Minor in Sustainability Studies, a truly interdisciplinary minor that serves students and offers classes from nearly every school and college at Auburn University.

We want to honor and acknowledge Nanette for who she is and all she has done on behalf of a better world. We would like to share a recent Campus Changemaker story about her in our blog. Nanette is and will be mourned and missed.

Dr. Nanette Chadwick and Mike Kensler accepting the US Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Award from Department of Education officials.

3 thoughts on “Remembering Our Friend & Colleague Nanette Chadwick

  1. Thank you for that tribute. Nanette was such a vibrant and idealistic person. I think of her every time I use a plastic utensil (which I do not throw away but reuse) and of course on many other occasions. I know I’ll never be able to go to the beach or look at a shell or coral without thinking of her.

  2. Thank you for posting. My family was close friends with Nanette’s and we enjoyed spending evenings at the park concerts with her in her home town of Modesto, CA. She was such a special person, who we will miss.

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