Honoring the Life of Nancy E. Armitage

A Statement From The University of Nebraska Foundation, February 27, 2017

Get Permission

Jim and Nancy Armitage, 2014. Photo by Anne Armitage Rogers

The University of Nebraska community mourns the loss of dedicated community leader and volunteer Nancy E. Armitage of Omaha. She died February 27, 2017, from complications associated with pancreatic cancer.

Nancy is remembered for the support and encouragement she offered to others over the years who were undergoing cancer treatment, many of whom were receiving medical care from her husband, James O. Armitage, MD, at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) in Omaha.

Nancy Armitage Pancreas Cancer Clinical Research Professorship

In Nancy’s honor and to recognize her cancer fight, friends and family helped to establish the Nancy ­Armitage Pancreas Cancer Clinical Research Professorship in 2016.

The permanently endowed fund at the University of Nebraska Foundation will provide annual support to a faculty member at UNMC and will help the university to attract and retain a top expert in pancreatic cancer clinical research.

“Pancreatic cancer is one of the most difficult cancers, and it is, unfortunately, increasing in incidence,” Dr. ­Armitage said. “Improving our ability to cure patients with this disease is one of the greatest needs in oncology. The only way that this will happen is through basic research that is translated into the clinic by clinical scientists.”

For more information or assistance, visit or contact Amy Volk at 402-502-4112 or Tom ­Thompson at 402-502-4116 at the University of Nebraska Foundation. ■