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The Neustadt family’s major support of The University of Oklahoma has been crucial to the institution’s development. From the gift to the University of land for Max Westheimer Airpark to the addition of the Neustadt Wing of the Bizzell Memorial Library, sponsorship of the Neustadt International Prize for Literature, and founding of the Neustadt Professorship in Comparative Literature, through three generations of active, visionary leadership, the Neustadt family has promoted excellence in higher education.
With the NSK Neustadt Prize for Children’s Literature, a new generation of the Neustadt family has dedicated itself to advancing the cause of The University of Oklahoma. The letters "NSK" stand for Nancy, Susan, and Kathy, the children of Walter and Dolores Neustadt and the benefactors of the prize. The three sisters have decided to encourage the improvement of writing for children by honoring an accomplished contemporary writer of children's literature every other year. All three were honored with Regents’ Alumni Awards in 2011 for their dedication and service to the university.
Nancy Barcelo lives in Watertown, Massachusetts, with her husband, Scott, and their children Sam, and Emmy. She is the director of the hospice volunteer program for VNA Care Hospice. Nancy has worked in hospice for 15 years both as a volunteer and Director of the Volunteer Program. She has always loved books and received a B.A. in English from Skidmore College. She received a Master's degree as a reading specialist from Lesley College in Cambridge, Mass.
Susan Neustadt Schwartz lives in Dallas, Texas, and has two daughters, Elizabeth, and Katie. Susan is an avid equestrian and competes in hunter/jumper competitions. She is a co-founder and board member of Equest, a therapeutic horseback riding program for the disabled that has become one of the largest programs of its kind in the country. She is also a board member of the Shelton School in Dallas. She is currently working on her Black Belt in Tae Kwan Do. She received a B.F.A. in Art History from The University of Oklahoma and a Master's in Education from Southern Methodist University.
Kathy Neustadt works as a freelance field producer for the ABC network for the shows Good Morning America, World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer, and Nightline. She has been with ABC for twenty-five years. She is the past president and current board member of the Robert E. Loup Jewish Community Center and the Mizel Center for Arts and Culture. She is on the Jewish Life Committee for Rose Community Foundation and a board member for Facing History and Ourselves, a nationwide curriculum teaching middle and high school students tolerance and how to overcome racial and ethnic discrimination. Kathy lives in Denver with her two children, Tess and Josh.
Walter Neustadt Jr.