Dr. William C. Nicklow
Of Forest Hills, age 79, died peacefully on Sunday, March 10, 2013 in his home surrounded by his loving family after a long illness. Bill was born in Pennsville, PA on April 7, 1933 to William and Gertrude (Barron) Nicklow. Upon graduation from Scottdale High School in 1951, he was recruited by the legendary Adolph Rupp and offered a basketball scholarship to the University of Kentucky. Because his father had died while Bill was in high school he turned down the scholarship and went to work in the furnaces at Homestead Steel for 2 yrs. before enlisting in the Army. Bill was selected for Army Intelligence and spent 3 yrs. in the Washington, D.C. area. Upon discharge he worked his way through Waynesburg College with the aid of a basketball scholarship and the G.I. Bill. In 1960, Bill married Barbara Michlovic and moved to the Pittsburgh area where he taught school for 4 yrs. while working on his Master Degree from Duquesne University. In 1967 Bill was awarded a Doctorate in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh. He was employed for 30+yrs. by the V.A. Healthcare System (Highland Drive) where he was Director of the Center for Treatment of Addictive Disorders. He was a member of the Pennsylvania Psychology Association. Bill is survived by his loving wife, Barbara, of 52 yrs., sons, Christopher (Siobhan) and William B. (Angela), 3 grandchildren: Benjamine (Danitza), Amy and Nathaniel Nicklow. Also surviving is one sister, Dorothy Suter (late Robert) of Ruffsdale and many sisters and brothers-in-law, nephews and nieces. Bill had many interests, especially family, sports and travel. He sang and traveled with the V.A. National Medical Musical Group and the Teutonia Männerchor of Pittsburgh. He and Barbara travelled extensively, even during his illness. Bill was a great natural dancer and spent many happy evenings at German, Croatian and Hungarian Clubs. Friends welcome Wednesday 2-4 & 6-9 pm at the Patrick T. Lanigan Funeral Home 700 Linden Ave., East Pittsburgh (412-824-8800). Mass of Christian Burial in St. Maurice Church, Forest Hills, on Thursday (time later). Interment with Military Honors will follow at Braddock Catholic Cemetery. Bill’s family would like to thank Vitas Hospice, especially Miranda Wiehagen, R.N. and Mark McLaughlin; also caregiver Daniel Brosky. Memorial donations may be made to Teutonia Männerchor, 587 Phineas St. Pittsburgh, PA 15212 or Vitas Hospice, 235 Alpha Dr., Suite 101, Pittsburgh, PA 15238. www.laniganfuneralhome.com
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