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The Department of Women's Studies at Texas Woman's University is honored to announce its first scholarship fund for the Master of Arts Degree in Women's Studies. Named after TWU student Nancy Johnson Coyle, the Fund was established by her family in her memory.

Nancy Johnson Coyle was born May 30, 1957, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and relocated to the Denton area in 1968. She graduated from Denton High School. She worked at the Denton Municipal Airport and Boeing Electronics. Nancy married Doug Coyle in 1990 at TWU's Little Chapel-in-the-Woods. They lived in Sanger, with several beloved dogs. Her husband, Doug, recently completed a Master's degree in Health Studies at TWU. Ms. Johnson Coyle died in late July 1998, after a long illness. She is survived by her two brothers and her husband.

Ms. Johnson Coyle is remembered by instructors, family, and friends as one who gave deeply to others--"a good friend, always pleasant and friendly, laughing easily at a good story." Among her closest companions were two dogs (Black Jack and Hobo) that she loved unconditionally. Her warmth for others embodied itself not only in her love of animals but in her volunteerism. Ms. Coyle served as an instructor for the Denton Chapter of the American Red Cross, was a member of the Missouri Genealogical Society, and Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.

The Nancy Johnson Coyle Endowment Fund is the first named scholarship for a Women's Studies Degree in the State of Texas and is an appropriate legacy for a memorable woman.  She came from a family of "strong women" and was in the process of pursuing her degree at TWU when she took her first Women's Studies course. Family and friends remember her sense of humor, her enthusiasm for the knowledge that she gained in the course, and for the empowerment of women the program endorsed. Friends remember her as someone who encouraged women to return to college for degree work.

Jim Damico, Nancy's cousin, embarked on a benefit bicycle ride in April, 2001, to raise funds for her memorial.

Persons interested in making donations to the Nancy Johnson Coyle Fund can send contributions to Nancy Johnson Coyle Endowment Fund, P.O. Box 425618, Texas Woman's University, Denton, TX 76204-5618.

For information about the Master of Arts degree, contact Dr. Agatha Beins, Coordinator of M.A. Admissions in Women's Studies, at (940) 898-2117 or

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