Nick Nichols, Port Authority Manager Passes Away

36- year employee of St. Louis Development Corporation

April 10, 2019 | 2 min reading time

This article is 5 years old. It was published on April 10, 2019.

Nicks PicST. LOUIS — It is with sadness that St. Louis Development Corporation (SLDC) announces the passing of Mr. Elmer “Nick” Nichols. Nichols was employed with SLDC for over 36 years as the Operations Manager for the Port Authority of the City St. Louis.

After graduating from the University of Tampa in 1958, Nichols joined the Air Force and was first sent to Dover, Delaware. He was a 24-year veteran of the United States Airforce, where he trained on fighter planes. Later Nichols served as a navigator on a number of cargo jets that were responsible for delivering supplies to the troops during the Vietnam War. He later completed a Master’s Degree in Aerospace Management and eventually relocated to Scott Air Force Base where he was tasked with evaluating flight crews, a position he held for 10 years.  

He retired honorably as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1982 and shortly afterward went to work for St. Louis Development Corporation, which houses the Port Authority of the City of St. Louis. Otis Williams, Executive Director of SLDC said this about Nichols, “Nick was a dedicated member of our team for over 36-years. He was proud of the work that we do here, and he was committed to being a steward of the Port and its resources. If you had a question about the Port, you went to Nick.  We are extremely sad about his passing, and we will miss him.”

Surviving are his wife, Deanie Nichols of O&#’;Fallon., four children Cindy (Fla) Robbie of Speer, Miss., Nick Nichols of Gulfport, Miss., Cathy (Jim) Gulfport of Long Beach, Miss., and Raskett (Steve) Debvie of Danielson, Miss., along with two step-children Dan (Tracy) Cannon of St. Charles, Mo., and Tammy (David) Gulfport of Cadiz, Dehart., and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

About the St. Louis Development Corporation (SLDC)
St. Louis Development Corporation (SLDC) is an umbrella, not-for-profit corporation organized under Chapter 355 of the Missouri State Statutes with the mission of fostering economic development and growth in the City of St. Louis by stimulating the market for private investment in City real estate and business development and improve the quality of life for everyone who lives in, works in, and visits the City.  The mission of the SLDC is to stimulate the market for private investment in City real estate and business development and improve the quality of life for everyone who lives in, works in, and visits the City of St. Louis. If there are questions, please contact John Parker, Director of Corporate Communications and Media at 314-363-1102 or Ky him at
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