Jesse Frank Nicholson Wednesday, January 18, 2006
Jesse Frank Nicholson, 93, a lawyer and businessman who was a former executive
director of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, died Jan. 10,
2006 of congestive heart failure at Suburban Hospital. He was a Rockville resident.
Mr. Nicholson went to work for the Montgomery County government in 1935 as a clerk in
the auditor's office. He was later appointed county accountant, the predecessor to
director of finance.
In 1941, he was called to active duty in the U.S. Naval Reserve as a lieutenant, and he
served in the Office of Naval Intelligence in Washington for two years. He then served in
the Pacific Theater on the staff of the Commander Battleships, Division II, on the
U.S.S. Tennessee. He participated in campaigns for the capture of the Gilberts, Marshall
and Palaus islands and the Philippines. After a tour of duty in the Office of the Judge
Advocate General, he returned to inactive duty in 1946 as a lieutenant commander.
Mr. Nicholson worked as a lawyer in the general counsel's office of the U.S. Maritime
Commission for a year before becoming secretary-treasurer of the Park and Planning
Commission in 1947. He became executive director in 1960 and served until 1966.
After retiring, Mr. Nicholson was appointed a vice president of Maryland National Bank,
now Bank of America. Over a 10-year period, he was involved in business development
and the growth of the bank in Montgomery and Prince George's counties. In 1978, Mr.
Nicholson was elected a director of Chevy Chase Bank, and he served on the audit and
loan committees until retiring in 1996.
Mr. Nicholson graduated from Western High School (1929) in Washington and
attended the University of Maryland and George Washington University. After going to
school at night, he received law degrees from the old National University Law School that
is now a part of the George Washington University
A civic and business leader, Mr. Nicholson was a vice president of the Government
Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada. He also was president of
the Silver Spring Kiwanis Club and the Silver Spring Boys Club. He was an officer
in the Montgomery County Civic Federation and chairman of the advisory board of Holy
Cross Academy. He served for many years as a trustee of Suburban Hospital and as
chairman of its advisory council. He also held an elected position on the board
of managers of the Suburban Hospital Foundation.
Mr. Nicholson served on the vestry of All Saints' Episcopal Church in Chevy Chase.
Survivors include his wife, Audrey Nicholson of Chevy Chase; and a sister, Dorothy
Mildred Stabell of Washington.