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Population, Family and Reproductive Health

Nan Marie AstoneIn Memoriam

Nan Marie Astone, PhD, MA

"I do what I do so that all young people make the transition to adulthood as full of hope and confidence in the future as I did."

Nan Astone

Former PFRH faculty member, colleague, friend, and mentor to many, Nan Astone passed away Friday, June 15, 2018.

Nan earned a PhD in Sociology from the University of Chicago in 1988. After completing an NIH post doctoral traineeship at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, she joined the faculty of the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health (PFRH) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 1989. Nan inspired generations of students, faculty and staff as she worked in PFRH for 24 years. In 2013, she joined The Urban Institute as a Senior Fellow in the Center for Labor, Human Services and Population.

Nan was highly regarded by her peers and was awarded the prestigious W.T. Grant Faculty Scholars Award in 1991. She was an expert in both statistical and demographic approaches to the analysis of longitudinal data and also an expert on multi - level models. She served as deputy editor of Demography, the journal of the Population Association of America.

Nan’s areas of focus included reproductive health, the family, adolescence, and transition to adulthood. She designed questionnaires for small, local samples of youth as well as for a large, nationally representative follow up survey of an adolescent cohort (the National Survey of Adolescent Males). She published over 75 manuscripts in journals from a range of disciplines. Her work included studies that used advanced statistical methods with large, nationally representative data as well as smaller studies conducted using community based participatory approaches and qualitative methods.

We remember Nan for her many scientific contributions, but even more importantly, for her joy for living, her passion for learning, and her many contributions to each of us personally and to public health. She will be greatly missed.


In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to either
Youth Empowerment Society
2315 N. Charles Street
Baltimore MD 21218

or to your local Girl Scout troop.


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