Deceased October 29, 2015

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In Memory

John D. Nimons died Oct. 29, 2015, after a long battle with melanoma. John leaves his wife, Hilary; son, Jake; daughter, Jesse; parents, Jack and Marianne; brother, Tim; nieces and nephews; and many friends.

“Nimo” was the embodiment of the scholar-athlete in which Amherst takes such pride. In addition to earning his degree in English, Nimo was a four-year starting pitcher for Amherst’s varsity baseball team under the great Bill Thurston. Nimo’s “sneaky-fast” fastball and incredible pick-off move made him the star of Amherst’s imposing rotation.

His baseball talents were well-known beyond Amherst, earning him All-American honors and landing him on the Hyannis Mets of the fabled Cape Cod league. He was even the “face of Amherst baseball,” with his picture gracing the team’s official stationary (like Jerry West for the NBA).

More than a great pitcher, Nimo was a great teammate. I had the pleasure of being his teammate for four years and joining him (and Robert Foote ’86) as tri-captains our senior year. As an upperclassman, he was always a great help and powerful mentor to younger players.

Off the diamond Nimo was a great friend and a warm, caring person who was a pleasure to spend time with for his quick wit and positive outlook.

After graduation, Nimo joined the information technology department of United States Surgical Corporation. In 1999 he joined Synapse, a division of Time Inc. For the past seven years he held the position of vice president and chief information officer.

Amherst is a better place because John Nimons attended. For those of us who love the game of baseball, playing with Nimo was a unique pleasure. But more importantly, for those of us who had the chance to be his friend, we were truly blessed. He will be greatly missed.

Randall Jackson ’86