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David Leigh Nichols

Oct 6, 1926 - May 6, 2017

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Bangor - David Leigh Nichols of Orono, Maine, died on May 6, 2017. He was born in Jackman, Maine, on October 6, 1926, to Thomas M. and Anne (Veazie) Nichols. He was predeceased by his loving wife of 67 years, Celestine Poulin Nichols. He is survived by four children of whom he is particularly proud: son Mark and his wife Susan Dunn Nichols of Orrington, daughter Maureen and her husband Stephen Kish of Bayfield, Colorado, daughter Kathleen and her husband Floyd Miller of Levant, and son Scott of Veazie. He also leaves eight grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren along with very special friend Marilyn King.
David attended Jackman schools, meeting his future wife for the first time in the first grade, and graduating in the very small class of 1944, of which he is the last surviving member. After serving in the Army in WWII he married his long-term sweetheart and enrolled at the University of Maine. With the help of his supportive wife he was able to graduate in less than the usual four years in 1950, with a Bachelor of Arts in German with Highest Distinction. He accepted a teaching fellowship in German and French the next year and received a Master of Arts in Modern Languages in 1951, also from the University of Maine. During most of that period in their lives David and Celeste lived in close proximity to other couples in similar circumstances and made life-long friendships with several of them, including the Millers, Calkins, and Garvins who became cherished parts of their lives.
David taught at Central Institute, Mars Hill, Maine, was the K-12 principal in his hometown for five years, and then was principal of Hartland Academy, Hartland, Maine. In 1959 he was employed as a textbook planner and editor by Charles E. Merrill Books in Columbus, Ohio. Over a three-year period he was able to complete the required coursework for his Ph.D. at Ohio State University. In 1961 he returned to the University of Maine as an instructor in the College of Education. He retired in 1988 as a full professor, having served for much of the time as a program planner and administrator for the College.
David was able to live a long and very full life. At his request there will be no funeral and no traditional service of any kind.
Published on  May 8, 2017
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