Nancy Tucker

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(September 20, 1928 – September 17, 2000)

Nancy Tucker at Ditto 10, 1997.
Photo by Mark Olson.

Nancy Tucker Shaw (née Jung, later Shaw), a fan very active in Ann Arbor fandom from the mid-1970s through 1990s, was introduced to fandom by her eldest son, actifan Larry Tucker.

She threw herself wholeheartedly into whatever she did. For the E/c2 ConFusion masquerade in 1979, she dressed as one of the newly resurrected Riverworld denizens of Philip José Farmer’s To Your Scattered Bodies Go and, for authenticity, shaved her head.

She chaired Nine Billion Names of ConFusion in 1981, ConFusion 11 in 1982 and Genuine ConFusion in 1984. She was, briefly, a member of the Detroit in '85 NASFiC bid. She was a founding member of the Ann Arbor Science Fiction Association and also co-founded and was a President of the Science Fiction Oral History Association. She ran for DUFF in 1995. She was a member of ApaCorps and the Secret Garden apas.

Nancy Tucker in costume at E/c2 ConFusion, 1979.

She frequently worked with Larry on fannish projects, including conrunning, videotaping con programming, and the production of Faans, and supported him in many other ways. She was a close friend of Bob Tucker’s; they were no relation, but rarely denied it when clueless fans assumed they were a married couple and Larry was their son.

In 1995, she married Irish BNF and pro Bob Shaw, her second husband, who emigrated to the United States to live with her until illness forced him back to the UK shortly before his death in 1996.

Nancy had a career running the audio-visual equipment department at the University of Michigan. She was an excellent and creative cook and gardener. She had four sons from her first marriage to Tom Tucker, which ended in divorce when the boys were young. The couple split custody of the four boys between them; she reared the younger pair. Larry was brought up on Chicago’s North Shore by his father. Nancy was related to famed psychiatrist Karl Jung.

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