Nancy Eddy, a former Amherst selectman and the first president of the Massachusetts Municipal Association (MMA), will be honored during the opening session of the MMA's 40th Annual Meeting & Trade Show, January 18-19. As the first president, Nancy presided over the first Massachusetts Municipal Association Annual Meeting & Trade Show in 1979.
Eddy moved to Amherst in 1960, shortly after she was married, and soon was serving as a Town Meeting member, a Planning Board member, and on the local League of Women Voters. She served as a selectman for nine years (1971-80), at a time when there were relatively few women selectmen in Massachusetts. She has also served on a special committee on town goals and a citizens activity committee. Most recently, at age 80, she served as the emcee at the swearing in of Amherst's first Town Council. Eddy had a professional career in higher education, ultimately retiring as vice president of administration and finance at Holyoke Community College.
A brief bio, of Nancy on MMA's website,written by Meredith Gabrilska, Digital Communications Coordinator at MMA, also provides selections from Nancy's interview with The Beacon, the MMA's monthly news publication.
Nancy Eddy is well known to the Amherst League as its president in 1965-67, and in more recent times, a frequently-sought moderator for League candidate forums.