Ab Nicholas, Who Established Nicholas Center, Has Died
August 06, 2016
Ab Nicholas, a Milwaukee philanthropist and money manager who established the Nicholas Center at St. James Commons, died on August 4 at age 85.
“Ab was a faithful Episcopalian and a deeply charitable man,” said the Rt. Rev. Jeffrey D. Lee, bishop of Chicago. “I will always have profound appreciation for his vision and generosity in making possible the Nicholas Center, as a resource for the diocese and the larger church. I ask the people of the Diocese of Chicago to join me in giving thanks for his life and in praying for his wife, Nancy, their children, grandchildren, and all of the Nicholas family.”
In the spring of 2013, the Nicholases made a $10 million gift—the largest in the diocese's 187-year history—to create the Nicholas Center at St. James Commons. The center, developed in partnership with the Living Compass Faith and Wellness Ministry, which shared in the gift, offers programs to strengthen clergy and lay leaders for service in the church and the world.
“I had to sort of talk Ab into letting us name it the Nicholas Center,” Lee recalled. “He said yes only after I told him I wanted people to have his example of generosity before them. Typical of Ab, he agreed, but said that he would think of it as being named for his parents.”
A funeral service is scheduled for noon on Friday, August 12, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Milwaukee. A reception and visitation will follow from 2 pm- 5 pm at Westmoor Country Club in Brookfield, Wisconsin.