Bodo Nischan


Died October 21, 2001

College: Pierson

Widow: Mrs. Gerda Nischan
115 Wilkshire Drive
Greenville, NC 27858-4829

Children: Michael, 1969

Bodo and I met in April of 1967, one week after my arrival from Germany in the US to start work as a secretary at the German Consulate in Philadelphia. He was finishing his Ph.D. at the University at the time.

We were married 16 months later and moved to North Carolina where Bodo started his teaching career at East Carolina University. Through the years he established a reputation nationally and internationally as a scholar. Research grants from Herzog August Bibliothek, Fulbright grant, German Academic Exchange grant, American Council of Learned Societies, Historische Kommission zu Berlin and many more came his way. His 1994 book “Prince, People and Confessions: The second Reformation in Brandenburg”, published by the University of Pennsylvania, received critical acclaim.

Bodo died on Oct. 21, 2001 of a brain tumor. We had been married for 33 years. Our son, Michael, lost a wonderful father, and I lost my best friend.

East Carolina University named him in 2002 posthumously as Arts & Sciences Distinguished Professor of History. Bodo’s younger brother, Hans-Ullrich Nischan, resides in Guilford, Conn.

—by Gerda Nischan