Sunday, July 20, 2003

Marion L. Nichols retired from P&G


'My father was a quiet and humble hero'

By Karen Andrew
The Cincinnati Enquirer

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Mr. Nichols

Marion Loetscher Nichols, a retired director for Procter & Gamble Co., died July 12 of pneumonia at The Deupree Community in Oakley. He had previously resided at the Seasons Retirement Community in Kenwood. He was 92.

His devotion to his family is reflected in his three children's words of praise:

"He was forever the perfect gentleman," said son David of Mansfield.

"I feel that my father was a quiet and humble hero," said daughter Amy Kircher of Mount Lookout.

"(He) was the epitome of those whom Tom Brokaw has dubbed 'The Greatest Generation,' having served his family, community and country in subtle but meaningful ways, always mindful of the needs of others," said his other daughter, Ann Johnson of Akron, Ohio.

Mr. Nichols was born in Iowa and lived in Missouri, but the family moved to Cincinnati to be near relatives after his father died. Mr. Nichols graduated from Hughes High School in 1928 where he was a tennis champion in a number of local and regional tournaments.

He attended the University of Cincinnati and was a member of the Theta Chi fraternity.

In 1932, he began a 40-year career at P&G in the finance and accounting department, and industrial relations.

While at UC, he met Catherine Anne Rewwer of Price Hill, whom he married in 1934.

Mr. Nichols was active in several charities including the American Red Cross and Community Chest.

He was an elder at the Pleasant Ridge Presbyterian Church and served as president of the Pioneers at the Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church.

He was a member of the Men's Discussion Club, The Parhopers, the Exchange Club and served on the Scholarship Committee at the Seasons Retirement Community.

His hobbies included coin collecting, reading, travel and golf.

In addition to his son and two daughters, survivors include six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at noon July 26 in the chapel of the Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church, 1345 Grace Avenue, Hyde Park.

Memorials: The Deupree Community, 4001 Rosslyn Drive, Cincinnati 45209-1111 or Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH 45220-1333.

E-mail kandrew@enquirer.com




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