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112 West King Street
P.O. Box 336
Shippensburg, PA 17257
Phone: 717-532-2211
Fax: 717-532-8471
Walter Nichols

Walter H. Nichols Jr.

Thursday, September 23rd, 1937 - Tuesday, December 24th, 2019
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Walter H. Nichols, Jr., 82, of Carlisle, passed away on the evening of December 24, 2019.

He was born on September 23, 1937, in Russellville, AR, the son of the late Walter H. and Leona (Eubanks) Nichols, Sr., and married Susan Fraser on February 1, 1961.

Walter enthusiastically loved the arts. Earning his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Iowa, he was a member of the Iowa Hawkeyes Marching Band and recipient of the Yonkers Award for sculpture. As an accomplished artist his paintings and sculpture have been both recognized through several national awards as well as included in exhibits and collections across the country. He shared his passion for art with generations of students, having retired Professor Emeritus from Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, MD culminating a career teaching art history and studio art for more than 50 years.

Walter possessed a life-long commitment and concern for environmental conservation and preservation. He actively supported the Central PA Conservancy as well as several national conservation efforts. He also served for many years as a member of the Carlisle Historical & Architectural Review Board.

In addition to his wife of fifty-eight years, he is survived by two daughters, Claudia Nealley and husband Mark of Frederick, MD, and Amanda Coffey and husband David of Camp Hill; four grandchildren, Luke Nealley, Marjorie Nealley, Lance Coffey, and Evan Coffey; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Walter was preceded in death by three sisters: Juanita McGuire, Laveta Keeton and Betty Jeter.

His funeral service will be held at Saturday, January 11th at 10:00 a.m. at St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Shippensburg, PA. Father Greg Welin will officiate. Interment will follow in the Spring Hill Cemetery, Shippensburg, PA.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Central PA Conservancy at 401 E. Louther, St. Suite 308, Carlisle, PA 17013 or
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    Saturday, January 11th, 2020 | 10:00am
    Saturday, January 11th, 2020 10:00am
    St. Andrews Episcopal Church
    206 East Burd Street
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    Father Greg Welin
  • Interment

    Spring Hill Cemetery
    114 North Morris St.
    shippensburg, PA 17257
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Debra Latsha

Posted at 07:10pm
I just read in the Wilson Magazine that Mr. Nichols died. I was not an art major, but I took a January Term pottery class with him. I also participated in pottery club. It started me on a lifelong interest in pottery. I remember him as being very patient and kind.

Andrew Rosenfeld

Posted at 03:59pm
Dear Susan and Family -

Please accept my deepest sympathy for the loss of Walter. I regret that I was unable to attend his memorial, but you should know I will always hold Walter in my fondest memories of the Mount. From the time he got lost (!) driving me back to the Hagerstown airport after my on-campus interview, to the sight of him every morning before 8 am painstakingly preparing his lecture notes for class, to his infectiously boisterous laugh, Walter had the capacity to make everyone's day just that more enjoyable. While the department and university have both changed so much in the last 20 years, you can be certain that Walter's presence will always felt in the artistic life of our community. I am privileged to have known him and have called him a colleague.

Andy Rosenfeld, Mount St. Mary's University

Bonnie Hannan

Posted at 09:14am
Dear Susan & family,
I am so sorry for your loss. It is especially hard to lose a loved one during the holiday season.
With sympathy, Bonnie Hannan (former Dickinson employee)

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