Meredith Mourns Passing of Professor Emerita Nona Short

Meredith College has learned of the death on November 19, 2020, of Professor Emerita Nona Short, who taught Latin and photography for many years. The Meredith community mourns her passing.

The following remembrance was shared with the campus community through the Office of the Chaplain on December 8, 2020.

Nona Short  was a photographer, jewelry-maker, and avid dog lover.  For many years, she played the Walrus in the quadrennial production of Alice in Wonderland, dazzling students and colleagues alike. Frequently she ate in Belk Dining Hall, bringing her own silver utensils wrapped in a linen napkin. With that practice and her wide-ranging intellectual interests, she raised the tone of many a lunch table discussion. For her teaching, sense of humor, and many kindnesses, we grieve her death with her family, as well as with former colleagues, students, and friends.

Her obituary, which was published in the News and Observer on December 6, 2020, is below.

Nona Joan Short, 84, of Raleigh, NC died of natural causes on November 19, 2020.

She is survived by cousins Larry and Judy Hardister, Sue Hardister, Carol Edmonds of Brownsville, TN, Barbara E Killebrew of Niceville, FL, and her large chosen family of loving friends including caretakers Lewis and Anne Downey. Nona was preceded in death by her mother Emma Susan Newsom Short, and her beloved Dobermans: Sousa, Zoe, Valentine, Morgan, Muddy, Maude, and Zest

Nona was the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship and a graduate of both Ole Miss and the University of WI.

She was a professor of Latin and Photography at Meredith College. Nona was an artist, photographer, and jewelry-maker.

At her request, no services are planned. Her remains will be spread at her homeplace in Brownsville, TN. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Doberman Rescue of the Triad.

Melyssa Allen

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