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Dr. Ted Nicksick DR. THEODORE "TED" NICKSICK, JR. , 74, of Wharton, TX, died March 27, 1996 following a brief illness, with burial at the Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery in Wharton. He was born July 30, 1931 in Slovan, PA, the son of Theodore and Mary Matich Nicksick, Sr. Upon graduating from the Burgettstown High School, where he lettered in basketball, football & baseball, he was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds Professional Baseball Team but chose instead to accept a basketball scholarship at West Virginia University. As a varsity member he participated in the National Tournament in New York City. As a member of the R.O.T.C. at West Virginia University he was drafted with the unit into the United States Army Infantry Division. Following an honorable discharge from the Army he attended Texas Weslyan College on a basketball scholarship and was a member of the team that captured national prominence by defeating Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. Upon graduating from Texas Weslyan College he signed with Boston Celtics Professional Basketball Team but later he attended North Texas State University where he earned his Doctor of Education Degree. While at North Texas State University he also served as an assistant basketball coach. For the next two years he served as a Counselor & Dean of Students at Austin College in Sherman, Texas. He then moved to Ranger to become President of Ranger Junior College and served there for seven years and the Nicksick Hall building was named in his honor. He had been a resident of Wharton since 1966 and was the President of Wharton County Junior College until his retirement in 1984. During his tenure an extensive building program and curriculum additions were success- fully completed. He served as President of the Texas Public Junior Community College Association from 1977 to 1979. Among the numerous recognitions and awards he received were Texas Weslyan College Alumnus of the Year in 1969; Presidential Award of Excellence from the Wharton Chamber of Commerce 1978; Award of Appreciation in 1984 from the Texas Junior College Association. He was inducted into the Texas Weslyan College Hall of Fame in 1994; Man of the year Awards from numerous Community & Civic Associ- ations. He has since chaired and served on numerous Community and Foundation Boards including the Wharton Civic Center.