Marian Nelson
1939 - Present

Part Five Passing the Torch

In 2000, Dr. Marian Purrier Nelson retired from UNO due to chronic illness. Having to leave UNO was hard for her because of she loved teaching, which she has missed the most. Marian has had little to no involvement with the University or AAUP since her departure. However, many of her former students continue to pursue their love for history, some becoming teachers as well. Marian fought inequality within UNO and helped gain the AAUP’s first wage agreement and contract, which would close the wage gender gap. Like her mother, Erna, Marian encouraged her two daughters, Danielle and Nicole, to graduate from college, which they both did. Danielle graduated from UNO with a Business major and Psychology minor. Nicole graduated from UNL with an English and Psychology major and would later get a master’s degree in Forensic Science.