Dr. Reuben R. Nichols (Jr.) joined our ancestors in the morning of Thursday, 13 January 2005.
Services were held Monday, 17 January in Rahway, New Jersey. An expanded memorial is planned pending arrangements by the family.
In Newark Dr. Nichols was known with love and respect as the Ghetto Doctor because of his dedication to the people & communities he served. His medical specialty was thoracic (chest) surgery.
His family and friends mostly called him "Bud" or "Nick".
Reuben Richard Nichols, Jr. was born 8 January 1927 in Knoxville, Tennessee, southern Appalachia USA. He was the baby brother of Edna and only son of the late Maude Gudger Nichols and Reuben R. ("Sarge") Nichols, Sr. (the late Sergeant & Mrs. Reuben R. Nichols of Washington, DC).
In addition to his sister, Dr. Nichols is survived by his wife, and by his children: 2 daughters and 2 sons as well as his beloved grand and great grandchildren.
Dr. Nichols was preceded in death by his parents and later by his beloved first wife, the late Louise Massingale Nichols, a native of St. Louis, Missouri.
Dr. Nichols is also survived by family in Leavenworth, Kansas City and Chanute, Kansas; Washington, DC; Pennsylvania; Greeneville, Tennessee and western North Carolina; Muncie and Indianapolis, Indiana; Los Angeles and Sacramento, California; Ohio; Arizona; New Mexico; Anchorage, Alaska and elsewhere in the United States and abroad, including Tokyo, Japan, Amsterdam, Netherlands and Rome, Italy.
Dr. Nichols grew up with his family in Washington, DC where he graduated from historically Black Dunbar High School and Howard University.
While studying at Howard Medical School Dr. Nichols taught anatomy there and completed his medical education at age 21.
He began his medical career in the American South - Tuskegee, Alabama and Cedartown, Georgia before establishing his practice in New Jersey. Uncle Bud was in love with life.