Alfred Douglas Nicholson ’50 died on February 15, 2006, at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Togus, Maine.
Born on August 19, 1926, in Boston, he graduated from Roxbury Memorial High School in Massachusetts in 1943. He served in the U.S. Navy Air Corps in World War II from 1944 to 1946, attaining the rank of seaman first class, and studied at Northeastern University in Massachusetts in 1946-47 before transferring into Bowdoin as a member of the sophomore class in 1947 and becoming a member of Chi Psi Fraternity. Following his graduation in 1950, he served for three years as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Army. He remained in the Army Reserve and eventually attained the rank of major. He was a teacher and coach at Sanford High School in Maine for four years and, in 1957, joined the Union Mutual Life Insurance Company in Portland, where he was an administrative assistant until 1960, when he became director of admissions at the Tilton School in New Hampshire. He was an assistant dean of the University of New Hampshire Graduate School for a year and, in 1968, became dean of admissions and scholarship at Culver Military Academy in Indiana. From 1972 until his retirement to Orr’s Island in 1986, he was dean of studies and public affairs at Dean Junior College in Franklin, MA. In 1969, he received a master of education degree from the University of New Hampshire. He served on the Chi Psi Fraternity’s board of governors from 1953 to 1978, was the regular class marshal for his Class of 1950, and was a member of Bowdoin’s Alumni Council from 1978 to 1982. A track official at the College for many years, he was selected as Maine’s Outstanding Amateur Athlete in 1950. In retirement, he was a 32nd degree member of the Masons, a member of the First Parish Church in Brunswick, and a member of the Civil War Round Table. Surviving are his wife, Elfriede Dagne Nicholson, whom he married in 1953; two sons, Alexander Nicholson of Lakeville, MN, and Bruce Nicholson of Franklin, MA; three daughters, Petra Nicholson of Boston, Kirsten Roopenian of Sudbury, MA, and Jennifer Vander Yacht of Maynard, MA; and seven grandchildren.