The Laurier community has bid farewell to a legend. After more than 50 years at the university, Fred Nichols retired in October with innumerable friendships and countless memories.
Nichols, 84, served as dean of students for nearly 30 years and remained involved in alumni relations and development roles since 1997.
His many contributions to Laurier were celebrated during this year’s Homecoming.
“Over his half-century career at Laurier, Fred helped to shape many of the student leadership, volunteerism and athletic traditions that we value to this day,” said Laurier President and Vice-Chancellor Max Blouw. “We extend our gratitude to Fred for his significant contributions to our university.”
Nichols was hired as director of student activities and placement services in 1963 by then-president William Villaume. He became Laurier’s dean of students in 1968 and continued in the role until 1997, after which he devoted his time to fostering personal connections with alumni and fundraising.
Nichols’ role as a tireless champion of student causes as dean of students was recognized when students fought to name a new campus centre on Laurier's Waterloo campus in his honour. The Fred Nichols Campus Centre remains a hub of student activity today.