Hawkeye Family Loses One of Its Own

May 16, 2006

Former Iowa field hockey player Nancy (McLinden) Carr was killed May 7 in a car accident in a Chicago suburb. She is survived by her husband Peter and two daughters Catherine (2) and Margaret, who was born January 31.

Nancy was a member of the Hawkeye field hockey team from 1992-1996, and helped the team to three Final Four appearances and two Big Ten Championships. Individually, she was a second team all-Big Ten selection and an all-region pick in 1995.

“Nancy always lived life to the fullest,” said Iowa Head Coach Tracey Griesbaum, who was an assistant when Nancy played at Iowa. “She was always laughing, smiling – and always wanted to see others prosper. Nancy was the kind of person who thoroughly enjoyed representing the program.”

Starting with the 2006 season, one of the ways the Iowa field hockey team will honor Nancy is by creating a team award in her name. The Nancy McLinden Carr Award will be given to the student-athlete who most exudes the enthusiasm, energy and positive attitude Nancy brought to the game of field hockey and life.

The Carr and McLinden families have set up a college savings fund for Nancy’s two children. Anyone interested in donating to the fund can send gifts payable to –

Catherine and Margaret Carr 715 Franklin St. River Forest, IL 60305