Deceased Classmate: Larry Dickson (1972)
Date Of Birth:
Date Deceased: May-11-2009
Age at Death: 55
Cause of Death: Cancer
Larry signed my yearbook at one of the reunions with his new name. He had changed his name to Nick West. I had been trying to remember it for a couple of years, when i happened to look in the YEARBOOK. There it was in his own hand. A google search turned up an obituary. I just missed him! The article entitled REMEMBERING NICK WEST includes a photo which is unmistakeable. http://ls.berkeley.edu/?q=stories/archive/remembering-nick-west
Candace Hibbard Lillie
(Picture above and Obituary below)
Nick West, a staff member in the Development and College Relations Office of the College of Letters and Science, died of cancer on Monday, May 11 at Alta Bates Medical Center in Berkeley. He was 55 years old.
West began work at UC Berkeley in the summer of 2008 and, in a very short period of time, made a lasting impression. As a coordinator of events for L&S, West seemed to thrive in the fast-paced, demanding environment of college relations. He whizzed through projects with a smile, no matter how much was going on. At donor events he was at his best, his strongest asset being an approachable, friendly style. He always worked efficiently behind the scenes, paying attention to event details. While striving to accomplish the work at hand, West's focus was always on future opportunities. His positive attitude not only enhanced the quality of his own work and life, it made a difference in the lives of everyone who knew him.
Although his battle with cancer was ongoing, West's death came as a surprise to many. Upon receiving word of his passing, Janet Broughton, Acting Executive Dean of L&S said, “I am so saddened to hear this news. I have Nick’s loved ones and everyone in College Relations in my thoughts today.”
Shail Kumar, the senior director for external relations, worked extensively with West. “Nick was a wonderful colleague with admirable qualities,” Kumar said. “His personal strength in the face of pain and suffering was inspirational. He always had positive energy about him and did good work. I truly enjoyed working with him and will miss him.”
John McKee, dean of College Relations and Development for the College, summarized the sentiments of West's colleagues, saying, “those who worked with him will remember Nick as a truly kind and gentle soul whose time at Berkeley was much too short.”