Michael G. Nast

Michael G. Nast, 37, died in an underwater diving accident near Cancun, Mexico, on December 9, 2004.

Nast is survived by his wife, Julie R. Brahmer, M.D., a thoracic oncologist at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, Maryland, to whom he was married in June 2004.

Nast was born in Mount Holly, New Jersey, and moved to Lancaster when he was 13. He graduated from Hempfield High School in 1985, where he was a member of the cross country and track teams, and co-captain of the latter in his senior year.

After graduating from Hempfield, Nast enrolled at Haverford College, where he spent his freshman year. He then transferred to Cornell University, from which he graduated in 1989, Phi Betta Kappa and magna cum laude, with a degree in history.

Nast then enrolled at Cornell Law School, from which he graduated with honors in 1992. After his graduation from Cornell, Nast spent a year as a law clerk to the Honorable D. Richard Eckman, President Judge of the Lancaster County Court of Common Pleas.

After his clerkship, Nast went to work as an Assistant District Attorney in Luzerne County, where he tried more than 60 cases. Nast was then hired as an Assistant District Attorney in Lancaster County. After working at the Lancaster County District Attorney office, he worked for the attorney General of Pennsylvania.

Nast then went into private practice with the firm of RodaNast, P.C., where he concentrated his practice on class actions and complex litigation. In 2003, he was recognized by Philadelphia Magazine as one of the top lawyers in Pennsylvania under the age of 40.

Nast was active in the Lancaster Bar Association; he was an editor of its publication, and was the vice-president of the Lancaster Bar Association. He was also active in Lancaster politics, and in 2003, was elected a Republican committeeman in East Hempfield Twp.

In addition to diving, Nast enjoyed competitive cycling and long distance running. He successfully completed four marathons during his lifetime.

Nast was the son of Dianne M. Nast and Joseph F. Roda, of Lancaster, and Michael E. Gallucci, of Philadelphia. He had three brothers, Daniel N. Gallucci, husband of Kimberly, Joseph N. Roda, and Joshua N. Roda; and one sister, Anastasia N. Roda, all of Lancaster

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at The Church of St. Leo the Great, 2427 Marietta Ave., Lancaster, on Wednesday, December 15, at 1PM with the Reverend William J. Sullivan as celebrant. The family will receive friends at their home, 1059 Sylvan Road, Lancaster, on Tuesday afternoon, December 14, from 4PM until 7PM. Please enter the family residence from Sylvan Road.

Please omit flower memorial contributions. Donations in Michael s memory may be sent to the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center, Thoracic and Head & Neck Program at Johns Hopkins, The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Building, Suite 1100, 401 North Broadway, Baltimore, Maryland 21231.

Mike Nast
6/6/1967 - 12/9/2004

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