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In Memoriams
by Jo-Ann English, communications associate, Office of University Communications
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Janice Lancaster Nicholson died March 20, 2013. Nicholson graduated from J.T. Barber High School in New Bern, N.C., then attended Howard University, where she earned her bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in chemistry. After working as a research chemist for General Electric and a systems analyst for the Department of the Navy at Mobile Oil, she came to work at Howard. She spent most of her career at Howard in various roles, her last post being that of associate vice president of Enrollment Management, a position she held until her retirement in 2000.

Nicholson helped shape Howard’s Enrollment Management department and was instrumental in recruiting some of the best and brightest minds to Howard. Known for her kind heart and gentle spirit, she loved working with young people, and they adored her. Her youthful and playful nature made it easy for her to connect with students, who proudly recall her message of, “Work smarter not harder, achieve and give back.” She was 63 years old.


Carolyn V. Williams, a dedicated and passionate employee with the Office of the Secretary, died March 23, 2013. Williams devoted her life to public service and was a vocal advocate for people with autism. A seasoned caterer, she often anonymously cooked and delivered meals to homeless families and senior citizens, a cause that was dear to her heart.

Williams began her career by working for the North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company in Durham, N.C., and later came to Howard, where for 14 years she supported the Office of the Secretary. She was a vital member of the University community, and often counseled undergraduate students in need of financial assistance and initiated fundraising programs to aid them.

Williams was a dynamic individual who enjoyed life to the fullest. Her interests included vacationing with her family, dancing and music. Along with her son, Williams also created jewelry and many of her colleagues are proud owners of some of her jewelry pieces. She was 69 years old.

 
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