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Nicholas Adam Apgar
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Birth: Dec. 8, 1918, France
Death: Mar. 9, 2011
Vermont, USA

APGAR Nicolas A. Respected professor, skilled artist, and beloved father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, Nicolas Adam Apgar, a resident of Thompson House in Brattleboro, Vermont, died March 9, 2011. Though his body failed him, his mind was sharp until the end. He was born in Gaillon, Eure, France, on December 8, 1918, son of Agatha Mitcalfe, an Englishwoman, and Theodore Higgins Apgar, of Califon, N.J. When Nicolas was four, his mother and newborn brother died during childbirth. He also lost a younger sister, Mary, during this time. The resulting feelings of abandonment, to which Nicolas referred throughout his life, never left him. His father remarried in 1925, wedding Beatrice DeKok, of Johannesburg, South Africa, and in 1927, moved the family, which now included a brother, Stuart, to Albany, N.Y. Although Nicolas valued his experiences in Depression-era Albany, he never forgot the beauty of Gaillon, which was, he said, "Like living inside an opal." An Eagle Scout by the age of 14, Nicolas also sang for a decade in the select boys' choir of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Albany, under the direction of T. Frederick H. Candlyn. He spent several memorable summers working at Lake George in the Adirondack Mountains, about which he often reminisced. Most important to Nicolas during his adolescence were the Saturday art classes he took at the Albany Institute of History and Art. That is where he became seriously interested in painting and drawing, and first realized his passion for teaching. He taught children's classes there from 1948 to 1953. Nicolas graduated from Albany (N.Y.) High School in 1937. He entered Syracuse University on scholarship in 1939 and withdrew in January 1942. From 1942 until 1962 he was a medical illustrator, first for the New York State Department of Health in Albany and later in Syracuse for the SUNY Upstate Medical Center. On June 1, 1944, he married Nancy Ellen Lonergan of Troy, N. Y. In 1955, he moved his family to Syracuse in order to return to Syracuse University, earning a bachelor of fine arts degree (magna cum laude) in 1959 and a master of fine arts degree in 1961, all the while employed full-time. As part of his master's work, he completed a large fresco (later destroyed) for the SUNY Upstate Medical Center. His ferocious determination to get an education was an example which inspires his two children even to this day. Nicolas studied with Louis Bouche, Fletcher Martin, Louis Bosa, Jean Charlot, and Josef Albers (Nicolas was a contributor to both Interaction of Color and Search vs. Research by Albers). Having received his degrees, Nicolas joined the communication arts and design department faculty of Richmond (Va.) Professional Institute (now Virginia Commonwealth University) in 1962, retiring in 1994. His students appreciated his comprehensive knowledge, his extraordinary technical skills, and his wisdom about life. Nicolas moved from Richmond, Va., to Thompson House in 2004 to be near his daughter. In January 2006, at the age of 87, he had a one-man show of new works at Amy's Bakery in Brattleboro. His art work, exhibited regionally and nationally over his 70-year career, has been acquired by numerous museums, universities, churches, and private collectors. Preceded in death by his parents, his wife, and his brother, Nicolas is survived by his daughter, Nancy A. Olson, and her husband Victor, of Putney; Vt.; his son, Jonathan Mitcalfe Apgar, and his wife Bonnie, of Roanoke, Va.; grandchildren, Jenny V. Olson Lansky, and her husband Bart, of White Plains, N.Y.; Elizabeth Layne Apgar Reel and her husband, Andrew, of Lewisburg, W.V.; and Mary Ellen Apgar of Roanoke; and by great-grandchildren, Ella Jane Lansky, Walker Morris Reel and Carter Crane Reel. A memorial service will be held Sunday, May 1, at 2:00 p.m. at St. John's Episcopal Church, Jefferson Street at Elm Avenue, Roanoke, Va., the Rev. Tom Mustard, officiating. Gifts in memory of Nicolas may be made to the Thompson House Activities Fund or to the charity of one's choice. Published in Albany Times Union 
Locust Ridge Cemetery
Windham County
Vermont, USA
Created by: Wayne Apgar
Record added: Jun 26, 2011
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Nicholas Adam Apgar
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Never to be forgotten, you now belong to the ages. As a proud descendent of APGAR FAMILY Lineage, I admire you. Rest in Peace, as I know peace and comfort rests with your family.
- Wayne Apgar
 Added: Jun. 26, 2011

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