- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 18, 2007

Carol K. Nickel, 63, tax lawyer

Carol Kelley Nickel, a tax lawyer, died Dec. 19 at Sibley Memorial Hospital in the District after a six-year battle with cancer. She was 63.

Mrs. Nickel was born Dec. 17, 1943, in Boston. She grew up in Miami and graduated from Everglades High School in 1961. She received a bachelor’s degree in history from Wellesley College in 1965. She then attended George Washington University Law School, where she was articles editor of the Law Review and graduated third in her class in 1968. She also was elected to the Order of the Coif.

After graduation, Mrs. Nickel married fellow graduate Henry V. Nickel. That year, she began working at the law firm Ivins, Phillips & Barker. She became the firm’s first female partner a little more than five years later.

Mrs. Nickel was an expert in trusts, estates tax law and corporate tax law. Many prominent families and corporations relied heavily upon her advice, knowledge and good judgment.

As a young partner, Mrs. Nickel prepared Nelson Rockefeller, then the vice president, as a witness in a tax court trial involving the estate of Joseph C. Wilson, the chief executive officer of Xerox.

Mrs. Nickel was active in the Montgomery County Swim League and the Rockville-Montgomery Swim Club, serving as president of each organization.

Mrs. Nickel is survived by her husband; three sons, Henry Robert Nickel of Rockville and David F. Nickel and Edward K. Nickel of Potomac; four brothers, Pierce Kelley of Palm Harbor, Fla., Chris Kelley and Allan Kelley of Miami, and Bruce Kelley of Potomac; and two grandsons.

Austin Adkinson, 83, AP reporter, editor

HARRISONBURG, Va. (AP) — Austin Roberts Adkinson, a former Associated Press newsman and newspaper editor, died Jan. 10 of multiple cancers. He was 83.

A native of Carrollton, Ky., Mr. Adkinson worked as a reporter and editor for AP in Columbia, S.C., and Charlotte, N.C., before moving to Washington. He lived in Fairfax from 1970 to 2005, when he moved to the Sunnyside Retirement Community in Harrisonburg.

Before joining AP, he was an editor for the Fulton (Ky.) Daily Leader and the Paris (Tenn.) Post-Intelligencer.

He worked as information director for the Tennessee Municipal League in Nashville, Tenn., from 1958 to 1970. The organization represents the interests of local governments in the state.

In Nashville, he also was active in the Middle Tennessee Professional Chapter of Sigma Delta Chi (now the Society of Professional Journalists), serving as president in 1970.

He retired in 1992 as executive director of the Life Underwriters Political Action Committee, which he helped found for the National Association of Life Underwriters in Washington.

Survivors include two sons, William A. Adkinson of Mineral, Va., and Thomas L. Adkinson of Nashville; and a daughter, Susan A. Bosserman of McGaheysville, Va.

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