Rev. Dr. Peter Theodore Nash
Aug. 9, 1953- April 15, 2019
Waverly, Iowa - Rev. Dr. Peter T. Nash, 65, of Waverly, died in early morning Monday, April 15, 2019, surrounded by family in his home.
Dr. Nash was born Aug. 9, 1953, in Saginaw, Michigan, to Jack and Marion Nash and was the second of four children. He married is best friend Jette Irgens on October 11, 2000. Dr. Nash earned a doctor of philosophy in 1992, from the University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, a master of divinity in 1979 from Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, New Jersey, and a bachelor of arts in humanities in 1975, from Concordia Senior College, Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Dr. Nash retired in 2016 from Wartburg and remains a professor emeritus of religion. Prior to retirement, he served as the Franklin I. and Irene Saemann Endowed Chair in World Communities at Wartburg. In this position he also served as the assistant to the president for Diversity & Inclusion, as well as the Affirmative Action Officer. Dr. Nash was a thoughtful and steadfast advocate for diversity and inclusion on campus and in life.
In 1996, Dr. Nash was the Professor do Antigo Testamento e das linguas Semiticas in Sao Leopoldo, Brazil for eight years. He served as the research coordinator for “Negritude na Biblia e na Igreja,” and was founder and editor of the journal “Identidade.” Dr. Nash has published several books, publications and numerous articles throughout his stellar career in education. He has organized many highly regarded conferences in his field, as well as guest lectured, hosted workshops, and consulted at University of Oslo, Norway; the Theologische Hochschule in Neuendettelsau, Germany; Conference of International Black Lutherans in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, David Ben Gurion University of Negev, Israel; University of Natal, South Africa, among others.
He is survived by his wife Jette Irgens, three adult children, Carrie, Theo and Simon Nash, of Florida, and his stepson Tobias Irgens, of Tofte, Norway, who claimed he was the glorious “Reverend Doctor Daddy Nash.” He is also survived by two brothers, Jack (Janet) Nash of Saginaw, Michigan and Geoffrey (Janet) Nash of Boca, Florida; one sister, Sheila (Tim Lane) Nash of Lansing, Michigan; mother-in-law, Marianne (Bent) Odgaard; father-in-law, Poul (Lone) Hansen; brothers-in-law, Per (Belinda) Odgaard, Henrik (Iben) Hansen, Soren Hansen; and many nieces and nephews.
According to his wishes, Peter’s body has been cremated. There will be a brief and informal service at the Wartburg College Chapel at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 30, 2019. Memorials may be directed to Peter’s family for later designation. Online condolences may be left at www.kaisercorson.com. Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Waverly is assisting the family. 319-352-1187