Joel M., Jr. Nichols
|Posted 2009-11-18 by Judy Wight Branson|
|The Arizona Daily Star, Tucson, Arizona|
Monday, December 30, 1991
Joel M. Nichols Jr., a journalist and longtime Tucson resident, died Dec. 13 at The Arbors Health Care Center in Camp Verde, Ariz. He was 96 years of age.
Born in Manchester, Conn., Nichols began his career in Connecticut as a reporter for The Hartford Courant after graduating from Brown University's School of Journalism in 1921.
Nichols, who also was a World War I veteran, covered the state Capitol and City Hall until 1923 when he went to work for the New York Herald, according to his nephew, Robert H. Nichols of Sedona.
Nichols worked as a general assignment reporter for the Herald while writing short stories on the side, his nephew said.
In 1931, Nichols joined the Federal Advertising Agency and eventually served as vice president and director.
Nichols moved to Tucson in 1947 because of his wife's health. His wife, Dorothy Glidden Nichols, died in 1981. Nichols' own deteriorating health forced him to leave Tucson in August for a nursing home closer to his family.
While living in Tucson, Nichols wrote free-lance stories for magazines. In the last six years, he worked on a novel, Robert Nichols said.
In addition to his nephew, Nichols is survived by another nephew, Frank Mason of West Chester, Pa.; and a niece, Nancy Campbell of Cape May Courthouse, N.J.
At Nichols' request, no memorial services will be held.
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