In Memoriam, Nancy Fitch


"Nancy was loved and admired by her students and colleagues alike, for the astonishing breadth of her knowledge and her commitment to diversity and social justice. She was a fighter with an indomitable spirit who gave generously of her time and talent to everyone who crossed her path. Nancy will be greatly missed."

Gayle Brunelle and Alyssa Goldstein Sepinwall,  Perspectives on History: The Newsmagazine of the American Historical Association, March 2021.


Continuing Nancy's Legacy 

Nancy left an ever-lasting impression here at CSUF, and her passion for history, teaching, and the advancement of her students inspires us all. As one of a handful of women to be hired in the Department, Nancy understood that she was both breaking new ground and paving the way for the next generation of women historians at CSUF. In 2004, Nancy established the Nancy Fitch Women's History Award Endowment, which supports students who have conducted research exploring women and gender studies topics. This award has funded the work of over a dozen young scholars over the course of its lifespan and reminds us that the seeds Nancy planted during her tenure at CSUF continue to grow and flourish. It is our hope to build upon Nancy's legacy by increasing this endowment so that we can continue to provide an annual award in women's/gender history to undergraduate or graduate students. If you would like to partner with us by making a recurring or one-time donation, please visit the endowment page. We thank you in advance for your contribution.


Send Us Your Memories

The Department of History invites you to publicly share your stories thoughts and remembrances of Nancy Fitch on this In Memoriam page. If you would like your special memory to be included, please share it via our submission form.