Nadia Kravchenko, a 41-year employee at the College of Liberal Arts, lost her three-year battle with brain cancer on May 9, 2011. She was 63.
Nadia began working for the College of Liberal Arts in the Academic Advising Center in 1969. She held several other positions through the years in American Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies, and the Dean’s Office. Along the way, she earned a bachelor’s degree in American Studies, graduating magna cum laude.
Nadia often talked about how Temple had changed over the years, but also how many important things were still the same. She could always be counted on to share her experience, warmth and wit, and her attention to detail helped many faculty members with their research and manuscript preparation. In the Dean’s Office Nadia managed the complexities of room scheduling and course evaluation preparation for departments – projects huge in scope and importance. She retired from her role as senior administrative specialist in September 2010.
Nadia was born in France to Ukranian émigrés after World War II. The Kravchenko family moved to Northeast Philadelphia when Nadia was 8 years old; she remained in the Northeast until shortly after her retirement.
Diagnosed with cancer in 2008, Nadia had only good things to say about her team of doctors at Temple University Hospital. During those three years, Nadia had countless treatments and appointments for tests and check-ups. Her bravery through it all was inspirational. She believed that laughter was the best medicine and was able to make jokes about things she used to remember “falling out the hole” in her head. Throughout her illness, Nadia’s primary concern was that she didn’t let anyone at Temple down, and that she continued to do a good job. Her dedication to her work was especially admirable and she will be missed.
A memorial service and luncheon will be held on Friday, July 15th at 11:30 AM in the President’s Conference Center, 1810 Liacouras Walk, Philadelphia, PA. Please email Annette McMenamin Bakley by Wednesday July 6th if you plan to attend.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the award established in Nadia’s name to support non-traditional students pursuing a bachelor’s degree. Checks made payable to Temple University with “Nadia Kravchenko” in the memo line may be directed to the CLA Development Office in 1234 Anderson Hall.