As most of you already know, Nan is finally turning in her badge and retiring after teaching at William Paterson University for 48 years. When we asked Nan what she wanted for a retirement party she told us she wanted to celebrate with her former students as well as friends and family. She is inviting all to campus, hoping that some of you might get a kick out of coming, but knowing that your presence at the event is almost certainly a fantasy.

Nan’s retirement celebration will also be the launch of the Nan Guptill Crain Scholarship Fund, intended to support the education of music students, a cause that has long been important to her. To this end, Nan will match every contribution dollar for dollar, be it $10 or $1000.  It is a dream of hers to establish an endowed scholarship (minimum of $25,000), that would provide scholarship support in her name in perpetuity.  We think you might like to help make that dream come true!

Nan tells us that she will truly miss working with students on a daily basis, with the constant stimulation that comes from music making and guiding students as they come into their own musically. But, she says, she will not miss getting up every morning at 5 o’clock in order to be at school no later than 8. Her weekend schedule will be freer too! And be forewarned, she tells us that she plans to be visiting YOU, her extended family, whom she dearly loves.

We would be delighted if you would accept our invitation to be engaged in launching this important project for the William Paterson University Music Department, whether by attending this event on Wednesday, May 24 from 4-7 p.m. in the campus Student Center, or by making a donation. We are grateful to Nan for establishing this scholarship fund that will support our students for years to come. If you plan to attend this celebration, please RSVP by May 19th to John Link at 973-720-2340 or via email:

You can make your tax deductible gift for the Nan Guptill Crain Scholarship Fund online at In the box marked “Other Designations” please write “Nan Guptill Crain Scholarship.”  If you prefer to mail your donation please send your check made payable to: William Paterson University Foundation and mail to: Spencer Scott, Foundation Office, William Paterson University, 300 Pompton Road, Wayne, NJ 07470.  Please write “Guptill Crain Scholarship” in the memo section on the check.



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Diane Falk-Romaine
Chair, Music Department
William Paterson University

William Paterson University
300 Pompton Road, Wayne, New Jersey 07470     973-720-3201