The Department of Archaeology is deeply saddened by the recent passing of Ingrid Nystrom, an essential member of the Department and the SFU community between 1974 and 1992. Ingrid left us at the age of 92, longevity, as she would state, resulting from her Swedish genes. For those of us who knew Ingrid, she was a beacon of light on top of the mountain, a person who made everyone’s day a little bit brighter. Her office door was always open; her visitor’s chair continually full. Ingrid Nystrom made a difference.
Ingrid joined the department in 1974 as its front office secretary, with elevation to Department Administrator not long after. Her official role was to manage budgets, supervise office staff, establish course schedules, hire teaching assistants and advise undergraduate students among numerous other tasks. She accomplished this superbly without the presence of a centralized computing system, or even a personal computer until the early 1980s. Ingrid was far more than an effective manager however. At times she was the wizard who could fix almost anything, and a friend to all who crossed her path. She magically transformed research accounts that substan...read more
In her honour, the Department established the Ingrid Nystrom Archaeology Endowment supporting the Ingrid Nystrom Award, an undergraduate scholarship given annually to the best of our students. It keeps Ingrid’s memory in the department, and it supports our students in a way that she truly appreciated.