Sally E. Nyquist, 74

Dr. Sally E. Nyquist, age 74, of Lewisburg, PA, formerly of Lamson, passed away May 11, 2016, at Buffalo Valley Lutheran Village, in Lewisburg.

She was born Nov. 8, 1941, in Hutchinson, and grew up on a farm near Lamson, where she attended a one-room schoolhouse for her first seven years.

After graduation from high school and Wheaton College, Sally entered the Peace Corps, where she worked on a general science curriculum development project and taught for two years in the Philippines.

Upon returning from the Peace Corps, she obtained her Ph.D. in cell biology at Purdue University. After a two-year post-doctoral position at Kettering Research Laboratories, she obtained a position at Bucknell University, where she taught in the biology department until her retirement in 2004.

While teaching was her primary focus, she also maintained a very active research laboratory, authored many papers, served as chair of the biology department at Bucknell, and in 2002, received a Bucknell Presidential Award for Teaching Excellence. In addition, Sally was heavily involved in many campus activities, including serving as Judicial Administrator for Sexual Assault on the campus for several years.

During her 1993/94 sabbatical, Sally received a Fulbright Senior Lectureship in cell and molecular biology, and taught and conducted workshops at Stella Maris College in Chennai, India. She loved her time in India, and upon her return became very involved in the support of various international student activities, In 2002, she was the recipient of the BurmaBucknell Award for the Promotion of International and Intercultural Understanding.

Sally loved to cook and particularly to bake; her specialty was pies. She was also proficient in cooking south Indian dishes. After retirement, her gardens tended to proliferate, and she created spectacular displays of daffodils and crocus.

In addition, Sally was very active at First Baptist Church in Lewisburg, where she served on the board of deacons, taught an adult Sunday school class, and served on other boards.

Sally is survived by two brothers, Joel Nyquist of Cokato, and Peter and his wife, Susan of Dassel; a sister-in-law, Kathy Nyquist of Cokato; and eight nieces and nephews and their children: Darla Nyquist and son Luke of Champlin; Matt and Jenny Nyquist, their children Tyler, Zachary, Chase and Bennett, of Independence; Joshua and Heidi Nyquist and children Megan, Katie, and Emma of Minneapolis; Benjamin and Kristi Nyquist and children Caleb, Abigail and Olivia of St. Paul; Anjali and Zach Timonen of Hopkins; Kerry and Joshua Schimmel and children Evan, Eli, Ian, and Ariel of Cokato; Kristin and Eric Dahlke of Dassel; and Brent and Amy Nyquist and children Regan and Tyler of Cokato.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Eugene and Martha Nyquist; a brother, Maurice Nyquist; and a sister-in-law, Darlene Nyquist.

Services took place May 14 in Lewisburg.

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