David Nicholson, CMU global campus employee, dies at 71

Michigan native and Central Michigan University Global Campus employee David Nicholson, 71, died Nov. 15 at the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor following a sudden illness.

Nicholson was born in Royal Oak on July 13, 1941. In 1964, he graduated from CMU and immediately entered the United States Army, where he served as a lieutenant in the Adjutant General Corps, according to his obituary posted on the Hill Funeral Home of Grand Blanc.

Soon after leaving the Army, Nicholson started his career with General Motors Corp. in 1967, where he retired as the Director of Education and Training in 1992.

He went on to form his own business, The Training Source, based out of Grand Blanc, which is a vocational rehabilitation service that helps disabled people train for, find and keep jobs.

Later, Nicholson returned to CMU to take the position of Global Campus Development Officer and Alumni Manager, where he served as coordinator of naming opportunities for the university's off-campus locations, until suddenly falling ill. The obituary referred to it as his "dream job."

The funeral was held Nov. 19 at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Grand Blanc. Nicholson's family requests memorial contributions be addressed to the U.S. Armed Forces Awards through the Carlin Alumni House at CMU.

Surviving are his wife, Donna; his children, Jamie and Tracey; grandchildren, Ramsey, Ellyson, and Julia; his brother, Robert; and many nieces and nephews. Nicholson was preceded in death by his sister, Joyce Allor and by his brother, Glen Nicholson.


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