As many of you know, Nan is finally turning in her ID card 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, colleagues and friends. She is hopeful that you will be able to join in the celebration.

Nan’s retirement celebration will also be the launch of the Nan Guptill Crain Scholarship Fund. Nan decided to establish a scholarship fund for music students, a cause she has always supported. To this end, Nan will match every contribution dollar for dollar, be it $10 or $1000. Nan’s dream is to leave an endowed scholarship (minimum of $25,000), that would provide scholarship support in her name in perpetuity.  We hope that you will help make this dream come true! You’ll have an opportunity to see and visit with Nan, to honor her retirement, and also help support the music program at William Paterson into the future.

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 will be talking with you over breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

We would be delighted if you would accept our invitation to be engaged in launching this important project for the William Paterson 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     973-720-2478