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James Bridges Nickson ’69

Born in Chicago on March 22, 1945, Jay was the son of Dr. James Nickson and Dr. Margaret Hofrichter Nickson. He grew up in London and New York and attended college at Dartmouth, Reed, and the University of Alabama. Jay was a talented software designer and engineer, and began working for IBM in 1965. Subsequently he worked at Digital Equipment Corporation and other technology firms in the northeast United States. Several of the software products he designed won product of the year awards from industry magazines, and in 2014 he was awarded a patent for systems and methods for semantic URL handling that he invented. James was also a programmer at the School of Aerospace Sciences in Grand Forks, North Dakota.

He was a voracious reader dedicated to the study of philosophy, a motorcycle enthusiast, an avid swimmer, and a scuba diver. His brothers, Robert and Michael,;sister-in-law, Julie; and niece, Catherine, of Arlington, Virginia, survive him.

Appeared in Reed magazine: March 2016

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