Our dear friend and colleague, Marcia Gerran passed away July 12, 2009. Marcia worked in the NCSS membership department since 1990 and along with processing almost every membership application sent to NCSS, answered thousands of member phone calls and emails each year. She was often the first personal contact with NCSS for many of our members and her sunny, calm professionalism and sense of humor never failed to create a positive impression. Each fall, many of those whom Marcia helped would seek her out at the NCSS Conference to meet her. As a way of honoring Marcia and remembering her bright presence at the conference, Marcia's colleagues at NCSS have contributed in her name to the NCSS Conference Scholarship Fund, a program set up to assist young social studies professionals to attend the annual conference.
Marcia's contribution to NCSS went far beyond her work with our members. Her kindness, generosity, and ability to find humor in any situation brightened our office and made even our busiest days easier. She seemed always to have a smile on her face, a kind word on her lips, and a laugh close by. The lives of those of us who were privileged to know and work with Marcia are richer because of it, and we miss her greatly.