Austin Porter Nichols ’39 died on June 2, 2006, in Portland, Maine.
Born in Morristown, NJ, on July 2, 1917, he prepared for college at Malden (MA) High School and Proctor Academy in Andover, NH, and became a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity at Bowdoin. Following his graduation in 1939, he served as a graduate assistant in the office of the dean of men’s affairs at Syracuse University in NewYork for a year and in 1941 received a master of arts degree from Columbia University in New York.After teaching English and French at Bridgton Academy, he taught at the New Hampton School in New Hampshire and then taught French and Spanish and coached varsity hockey and track at Vermont Academy in Saxton’s River from 1945 to 1958. He taught at Bellows Falls High School inVermont from 1958 to 1963 and in the summer of 1961 studied at the Université of Rennes in France. In 1963, he joined the faculty at South Portland High School, where he taught French and Spanish and was chair of the foreign language department. He retired in 1977. He served as vice president of the Maine chapter of the American Association of Teachers of French. Surviving are his wife, Elizabeth Sandy Nichols, whom he married in 1942; a daughter, Margaret Nichols of South Portland; two grandsons; and three great-grandchildren.