The Rev. Albert Earl Nichols
Rev. Albert Earl Nichols, born in Orange, Calif., died of brain cancer at
age 80 on Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010, in Oconomowoc.
Al was a pastor, counselor and steadfast friend to countless people. He
was a tireless advocate for human rights and a resonant voice for social
justice, believing strongly that the church must be a prophetic social
force. As a pastor and counselor, he worked without attention to status or
personal gain to foster generosity and forgiveness in others. As a father
and friend, Al was an unfailing life force, bringing optimism and reason
to even the most difficult situations. Alís life was characterized
equally by his rare capacity to approach each individual without judgment,
regardless of circumstances, personal choices or station in life.
As chair of the Ministerial Relations Committee in the Milwaukee
Presbytery, he fostered critical communication between congregations and
their pastors. Also at the presbytery, he spearheaded the overture to
ordain gays and lesbians. As a board member at The Womenís Center in
Waukesha, he served on the capital campaign committee and helped raise
$3.2 million to build a new facility that, among other things, provided
services to victims of domestic violence. Alís voice as a grassroots
leader called upon the community to be inclusive of all people, regardless
of race, gender and sexual orientation. This was exemplified through his
work with S.O.S., a food pantry in Sussex, local cooperating churches and
the Hamilton School District. Al served on the board of directors at
Planned Parenthood, NARAL, the Family Service Center, the Voluntary Action
Center and the Pewaukee Ministerial Association. He was active in the
Wisconsin Council of Churches and many other community-driven projects.
He held degrees from Occidental College, Union Theological Seminary and
the University of Chicago. He served on the ecumenical staff of the
Christian Association at the University of Pennsylvania. He was pastor at
First Presbyterian Church in Beloit, at the Kettle Moraine Parish and at
Lisbon Presbyterian Church in Sussex.
He is survived by his brother, Robert Quinn; sons, Jeffrey Quinn, Braden
Alexander and Robert Scott; five grandchildren; his former wife, Marjorie;
and many other relatives and friends.
There will be a memorial service at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 15, at Redeemer
United Church of Christ, W220-N4915 Town Line Road, Menomonee Falls, WI
53051 (phone: 246-6710).
Contributions may be made in his memory to a charity of the donorís
Peace of Mind Funeral & Cremation Services, 414-453-1562, is serving