Nancy Socol, co-president of the Friends of Dana-Farber Cancer
Institute, was born in Providence, R.I., and moved to Gary, Ind.,
just before entering high school. She attended Indiana University,
graduating with a B.S. degree in Education and in l963 she married
her husband, Jerry, whom she met in high school. They have two
daughters and four grandchildren.
The family lived in Columbus, Chicago, Indianapolis and Atlanta
before moving to Boston in 1984, when Jerry accepted a CEO position
at Filene's. While in these various cities, Nancy did volunteer
work and fundraising with Children's Hospital of Columbus, Women's
American ORT, Brandeis University and National Council of Jewish
Upon moving to Boston, she took a temporary job in the Small
Claims Court in Quincy. In 1986, she started working at the
Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Massachusetts as a financial
counselor, then as an educator and finally as director of education
and counseling. This position entailed teaching classes and giving
lectures to various groups and organizations on money management,
budgeting, first-time home buying, credit and financial rights.
Nancy represented the agency across the state with consumer rights
groups, as well as being the CCCS of Massachusetts spokesperson for
the media. She was also appointed by the state as a member of the
Board of Supervisors of Social Workers and served a two-year term.
Appearing on television and radio at various times during the year,
she discussed issues relating to consumer credit rights and
managing money, as well as regularly engaging in interviews for
local publications including the The
Boston Globe, Boston Herald and Boston Business Journal.
Nancy became a member of the Board of the Friends of Dana-Farber
Cancer Institute in 1986 as a result of her husband's involvement
She participated in many committees over the years and chaired
Allocations and Annual Meeting. In 2004-2005 she served as
secretary and in 2005-2006 served as co-president with Sue
Nancy said, "In free time, I enjoy spending time with family,
especially grandchildren, needlepoint, reading, learning to play
bridge, traveling and enhancing my culinary skills by taking
cooking classes and watching the many food shows on TV. Have tried
golf lessons and have committed to trying that again even though I
have no talent in that area."
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