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NUCKOLS, Robert C.

Born November 22, 1924 in St. Louis, MO, Robert C. Nuckols, 87, of Granby, died October 23, 2012. In between, he filled his time in a variety of ways. After graduating from Shaker Heights (OH) High, Bob attended Purdue University before leaving to serve as a purser in the U.S. Merchant Marine during WWII. After the war, he returned to Purdue, met his wife-to-be, Dorothy Ringland, and graduated with a B.S. in Organizational Psychology. Bob received an M.A. in Public Opinion Research from the University of Denver where he had a fellowship from the National Opinion Center. After graduation, he returned to Ohio, married Dottie, and the couple headed to Penn State University where he received his Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology. Bob worked with the Life Insurance Agency Management Association in Hartford (now LIMRA International in Windsor.) He started the Association's research unit, conducted a variety of research studies including a landmark study of the economic impact of widowhood, helped create its first overseas research office, and retired as head of the research division in 1989. Bob was a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, served on APA's Council of Representatives and as president of APA's division of Consumer Psychology. He also was an early member of the American Association of Public Opinion Research and was elected to Sigma XI, a national science honorary. The couple moved to Granby in 1953. In 1963, they moved into the home in West Granby that Dottie designed and that they loved so much. Bob was a member of the commission that wrote Granby's town charter, served eight years on the Board of Selectmen, was an initial member of the Inland Wetlands Commission, a member of the Granby Library Board and a founding member and member of the board of the Granby Land Trust. He recently donated 19.5 acres to the Land Trust. Bob and Dottie were the Granby correspondents for the Hartford Times from 1956 to 1965. After retiring from LIMRA, Bob co-edited the Granby Drummer, a monthly newspaper, for five years and continued on as a writer. Later he was a member of the board of the Granby Community Fund and a volunteer driver for Meals on Wheels and for TAP, a Granby program to get people to their medical appointments. Bob loved hiking and made it to the top of all mountains 4000 feet or over in New York and New England to become a member of the 111 Club of the Northeast. The trek began with the summiting of New York's Mt. Dix with sons Paul and David on July 6, 1968. It ended 23 years later on the summit of Maine's North Brother accompanied by Paul. A long time bridge player, he and Dottie often played at the Simsbury Duplicate Bridge Club. Bob was predeceased by Dottie; and their son, David. He leaves two sons, William and Paul and Paul's wife, Shelley; and their daughter, Emily; he also leaves a sister, Anne Hileman of Pittsburgh, PA.
At Bob's request, there will be no funeral observances. Memorial donations may be made to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, Box 807, Harpers Ferry, WV, 25425. Hayes-Huling & Carmon Funeral Home, Granby, has care of arrangements. For online condolences, please visit, www.carmonfuneralhome.com.

Published in The Hartford Courant on Oct. 28, 2012
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