In Memorium: James V. “Tim” Nicholson, Longtime Professor and Friend of the School of Theatre

Professor James V. “Tim” Nicholson.  BU Photo Services.

Professor James V. “Tim” Nicholson. BU Photo Services.

We are mourning the death of James V. “Tim” Nicholson, longtime faculty member and theatre artist.  Professor Nicholson died of pneumonia on August 9, in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, at the age of 84.  A memorial service was held at Crosslands Nursing Home on Saturday, August 20.

Tim Nicholson was appointed to the School of Theatre faculty in 1957, where he initially taught lighting design, stagecraft and theatre practice. In 1970, he began teaching graduate directing and rehearsal & performance, became the primary advisor for all graduate students, and assumed additional administrative duties. Professor Nicholson was promoted to full professor with tenure in 1974 and, upon his retirement in 1989, was named Professor Emeritus of Theatre Arts.

Characterized as a team player and a talented theatre artist totally without ego, Nicholson was held in great respect and affection by colleagues and students alike.

“Tim Nicholson was deeply devoted to the BU School of Theatre and expressed great pride in his continued association with us after his retirement,” said Jim Petosa, Director of the School of Theatre. “His generosity was proof of his care, and his gentlemanly advice and expressions of support were always welcome to hear and receive. He will be greatly missed by our community.”