Martha A. Nichols

Memorial Services for Martha A. Nichols will be held 11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 26, 2019 at Trinity Episcopal Church, 1011 Vermont Avenue in Lawrence, KS.

Martha A. Nichols passed away peacefully at Brandon Woods Retirement Community in Lawrence, Kansas on December 20th. She was born Oct. 26, 1916 in Columbus, Ohio; the daughter of Alfred and Phyllis Arnold.

She graduated from Goucher College in 1938 receiving a BA degree and taught at the Roland Park Country School for two years. She received an MA degree from Syracuse University before beginning her career at Goucher College, Baltimore, Maryland; where she was Dean of Students for 34 years.

“Great Martha”, as she is affectionately known in her family, was a true Renaissance Woman. “Dean Nichols” served as an inspiration, role model, and trusted counselor for many women including her Goucher students and her grandchildren.

In addition to her Career at Goucher she was very involved in numerous community and professional activities including: Secretary of the Board of the National Association of Women Deans & Counselors, Member of Board of Regional Salvation Army, Member of Board of Trustees Park School, Vestry member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Towson Maryland, Member of various committees at Trinity Episcopa1 Church Lawrence, KS, Member of the Lawrence Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, and Member of the Brandon Woods Townhouse Board of Directors.

Martha Nichols was an ardent golfer for over 60 years. She and her husband Nick were Charter Members of the Towson Golf and Country Club in Maryland and were members of Alvamar Country Club in Lawrence KS

She is was preceded in death by her dear husband Everett (Nick) Nichols. They were married for over 56 years. She is survived by two sons: Stephen A. Nichols (Joyce) of Ijamsville Maryland and Jonathan S. Nichols (Barbara) of Valencia California and by five Grandchildren: Katherine Nichols (Peter Wright), Ann Vannest (Brian), Heather Nichols, Matthew Nichols, Kassondra Nichols and 3 great Grandchildren: Xavier Hinty, Callan Macatol, and Oisin Nichols-Wright. She is also survived by her dear friend of many years, Betty Laird.

Contributions may be made in her name to Trinity Episcopal Church, Lawrence KS and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.



3 Condolences

  1. Jeri Long on December 21, 2018 at 9:08 am

    Martha was one of a kind, she will be missed by all. Thoughts and prayers for her Family.

  2. Ann B. Bennett on January 4, 2019 at 10:20 pm

    My greatest mentor and role model. She interviewed me for entrance to Goucher college and I was accepted into the class of 1966. She was respected and admired, and encouraged me throughout my college years. Her advice stayed with me to this day. Her honesty , wit and realism was always refreshing and greatly appreciated. A great woman. My condolences to her family.

  3. Dorlinda V. House MD on January 5, 2019 at 2:30 am

    Dean Nichols was one of the wisest women I have ever met. She was a strong, perceptive, elegant woman who spoke with a voice of reason. She was incredibly intelligent and down to earth with a witty sense of humor and a great smile. She was an admirable woman who will be remembered kindly by many. My condolences to the family.

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