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Nancy Tregoe, director of purchasing and administrative services for Lafayette since 1979, died yesterday at her home in Lower Nazareth Township at age 70.

Services will be held 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Wesley United Methodist Church, 2540 Center Street, Bethlehem. Visitation will be held 7-9 p.m. Wednesday at Pearson Funeral Home, 1901 Linden Street, Bethlehem and 12:30-1:30 p.m. Thursday at Wesley United Methodist.

In 2001, Tregoe received the Bert C. Ahrens Achievement Award at the Annual Meeting & Product Exhibit of the National Association of Educational Buyers, Inc. (NAEB). Named after a former chief operating officer of NAEB, the award is the association’s highest level of recognition. Tregoe was honored for “her extraordinary, long-term contributions to higher education, the purchasing profession, and NAEB.” She had been a major contributor to NAEB and to the Educational & Institutional Cooperative Service (E&I), higher education’s nonprofit purchasing cooperative, serving at the time on the Board of Directors. NAEB is the worldwide association for purchasing professionals serving colleges, universities, and nonprofit health club organizations.

Tregoe’s elected and appointed leadership positions included: president of the NAEB’s Pa./Del./W.V. Region (1978-80); regional treasurer of the Pa./Del./W.V. Region (1975-1978); Board of Directors, Higher Education Administration Referral Service (1985-88); Board of Directors, Purchasing Management Association of the Lehigh Valley (1982-1990, 1998-2000); Host Committee chair, NAEB Annual Meeting (1990); NAEB Small Schools Committee chair (1991); Board of Directors, NAEB (1991-1996); president, NAEB (1994-1995); and Board of Directors, E&I, at the time of her death. She also served as moderator and speaker at numerous national and regional NAEB meetings and was the E&I liaison to the NAEB Board.

Tregoe was a member of the N.A.P.M. of the Lehigh Valley, where she served on the board of directors for eight years, and of First Presbyterian Church, Bethlehem. Born in Hurlock, Md., she was a daughter of the late Kemp and Eva Mae (Layton) Medford.

Survivors include her husband, Earl A. Tregoe, with whom she celebrated their 51st anniversary last New Year’s Eve; a son, Thomas Tregoe and his wife, Chris, of Salisbury, Md.; daughters, Catherine Tregoe of Eden, Md., Karen Eddinger and her husband, Leo, of Northampton and Susan Faraci and her husband, Joseph, of Easton; sisters, Winifred Kenton of Preston, Md., Betty Williams of Easton, Doris Smith and Virginia Beall, both of Seaford, Del.; brothers, John Medford of Denton, Md. and Ronald Medford of Bethesda, Md.; grandchildren, Brian Tregoe, Julie Gilliard, Christopher and Kelly Stefko; and great-grandson, Aaron Gilliard. She was predeceased by a sister, Jeanette Lutz.

Contributions may be sent to VNA Hospice of St. Lukes, 1510 Valley Center Parkway, Bethlehem 18017 or American Cancer Society, 3893 Adler Place, Bethlehem 18017.

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