A resident of Baton Rouge for 22 years, Sally McLin Nance (BGS '81) died at home in the early morning hours of Monday, Dec. 17, 2007, after a lengthy illness. Born in Kansas City, Mo., on Aug. 28, 1936, she was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Alexander McLin of Holden, Mo., and was a graduate of Holden High School and the University of Texas at Dallas. She and Kent Nance, of Warrensburg, Mo., were married Friday, June 13, 1956, subsequently celebrating their 13th wedding anniversary on Friday the 13th. The Nances lived in the Richardson, Texas, for 26 years before moving to Baton Rouge in 1985. Mrs. Nance was the first woman managing news editor in the Dallas area, serving as the news editor of the Richardson (Texas) Daily News and later as the managing editor of the McKinney (Texas) Daily Courier Gazette. She was a member of the Dallas Press Club and active in local civic organizations, including the board of directors of the Richardson Symphony Orchestra and The Richardson Little Theatre. She left the McKinney paper to work in the communication division of the newly created University of Texas at Dallas. While working at UTD, she earned a bachelor of arts degree and accumulated 33 hours toward a graduate degree when a chronic, progressive, demyelinating neuropathy condition overtook her. While at UTD, she founded the university's student newspaper, The Mercury, was elected student body vice president and was selected twice to be included in Who's Who in American Universities and Colleges. Mrs. Nance is survived by her husband of 51 years, Kent; their son, Robert Kent Nance; and two grandsons, Corey McLin Nance and Thomas Kent Nance, of Lewisville, Texas. She was a member of St. Alban's Episcopal Church in Baton Rouge. Inurnment will take place in Sunset Hill Cemetery in Warrensburg. In lieu of flowers and remembrances, donations may be made to In His Care Hospice, 11715 Bricksome Ave., Suite B-6, Baton Rouge, LA 70816. The family wishes to give especial thanks to Kathleen McLin (no relation), Toye Davis and all the people at Hospice In His Care for their love and attention to Sally during her final days.
Mark Sachnik (BS '95), who served UT Dallas over the past eight years as a purchasing buyer, passed away over the winter break.
Although many at UT Dallas knew Mark through his excellent help in obtaining the hardware and software that drive the work of the University, he was known locally and nationally for his efforts to build understanding of individuals coping with autism.
Mark described himself as having autism/Asperger Syndrome. He wrote and spoke frequently about coping with autism, and credited family members and friends and the discipline of exercise, cycling primarily, with helping him succeed. He was an avid bicyclist who rode more than 10,000 miles in 2007.