Nate Nathan

Nate was easily recognizable because he wore a black lens covering his right eye. No one seemed to ask why, but if they did, he would tell them that he lost his right eye at the age of five.  In spite of this traumatic event, he was popular with his boyhood friends, went on to study engineering at Ohio State University (even taking flying lessons), served three years in the Army during wartime (“limited service”), graduated from M.I.T. with a Masters in Chemical Engineering, and boasted that he “never missed seeing a pretty girl walk by”. We married in 1951and eventually settled in the Valley where he worked for Atomics International until his retirement in 1985.

Nate was a role model for his children, instilling the importance of education, especially by his taking UCLA extension courses. His was most proud of being an engineer and was one of the first people at work to use a computer instead of a slide rule. He was Mr. Fix-it at home, excelling in plumbing and electrical problems (until we had to call the REAL repairman).

We entered a square dance class at the urging of the contractor (caller) who was remodeling our house in 1965. As inexperienced new dancers, we visited various clubs (the Open Squares was my bible), eventually gravitating to McDonald’s Barn in North Hollywood, known for Advanced dances and “good callers”, but infamous for “setting up squares”. There are people who recall that Nate invited them into his square when they were new and felt intimidated.

In the ‘70’s we were introduced to Challenge by taping at the Puckers’ and Dave Stevens’ classes in Anaheim. Nate liked “Challenge”! He looked forward to the National Challenge Square Dance Conventions, especially those at Virginia Beach. He was a member of Trail Dusters, Phantom Squares, PACE, but his favorite was Trailblazers.

Nate, my husband, father of four and grandfather of five, passed away December 13, 2010, and is greatly missed.

Irene Nathan

Page updated: 2011-01-20