A memorial service for William Jarvie Nicoson, lawyer and first director of the New Community Assistance Program, US Department of Housing and Urban Development, will be held Saturday, Oct. 19 at 10 a.m. at St. Anne's Episcopal Church, 1700 Wainwright Drive, Reston.
Nicoson died earlier this summer Sunday, July 7, after a long illness. He was 81.
As a Reston resident, he was very active in the community: he served on the Reston Association Board of Directors, was one of the founders of the Connection Newspapers, and he helped create and serve on the boards of Greater Reston Arts Center, Planned Community Archives, Celebrating Special Children, and the Reston Historic Trust, where he served as president for 10 years. He was recognized for his many community contributions by being awarded the prestigious “Best of Reston” award in 2002.
He is survived by his wife Patricia McLaughlin Nicoson, the president of the Dulles Corridor Rail Association; stepchildren William Todd Fairbairn and Mary Fairbairn Morgan; and five grandchildren. His marriage to his first wife Jacqueline Robb ended in divorce.