Deceased June 29, 2018
Tom died June 29 in Meadville, Pa. He was a constant source of entertainment to his Amherst classmates, a superb storyteller, especially as a “Maine Guide,” a skillful master and presenter of jokes. He was a clever and creative craftsman, making all sorts of toy-like devices for fraternity brothers to use and enjoy. For a Classic Suppressed Desire Psi U Fraternity Party, Tom constructed stilts for his five-feet-four pal, making him six-feet-four and the winner of that costume party and many more for years to come. It was a gift that has lasted a lifetime. Tom was always like a breath of fresh air and a joy, a dispenser of love and help for his family and friends.
Left behind is his loving wife of 62 years, Jane Cushman. They married shortly after graduation in June of 1956. He is also survived by two sons, Thomas Nickerson Jr. (Susan) of Rhinebeck, N.Y.; Douglas Nickerson (Robin) of East Amherst, N.Y.; and four grandsons: Christian Nickerson Esq. (Jessica) of Los Angeles; Dr. Morgan Nickerson of Erie, Pa.; A. Taylor Nickerson of Studio City, Calif.; and Cade Nickerson of Rochester.
In 1958 he earned an MBA from Harvard. Tom’s business career involved a long progression of manufacturing companies of all sizes—with positions ranging from sales and marketing to manufacturing to product development to president—in the Midwest and Northeast.
Tom retired to Meadville in 2000 and took a keen interest in his four grandsons’ playing for the Meadville Bulldog club hockey team. Tom sharpened skates and did whatever necessary for the team’s needs, serving the group for many years. He was a major factor in their success—a pal, inspiration and mentor to the entire team, always adding his light and joyful touch.
Peter Weiller ’56 and Peter Levison ’56