Lawyer and first Director of the New Communitiy Administration, HUD, passed away peacefully at his home in Reston on July 7, 2013. He was 81. Bill was born on June 1, 1932, in Pittsburgh, PA, the only child of Marion Jarvie and William McGarvey Nicoson. He attended Phillips Exeter Academy, Princeton University, and Harvard Law School. He spent his junior year at the Sorbonne in Paris. Bill served for two years as an officer in the US Army in Germany. After law school, Bill joined the law firm of Sullivan &. Cromwell and practiced law in New York and in its Paris office.
When Bill came to Washington in 1970 to head the New Communities Administration, he moved to the new community of Reston. He set up his own legal practice in Washington, DC in 1972 specializing in international finance, community development and urban governance.
Bill was a founder of the Northern Virginia Connection newspapers and served as its publisher for a number of years. He later wrote a weekly column for the Connection, and a monthly column for the Reston Times. Bill had a great love of the theater, music, and literature. He acted in numerous amateur productions and wrote seven plays. He was an excellent piano player and entertained family and friends with classical and ragtime pieces. He was also admired for his gourmet cooking skills. Bill was active in the Reston community serving on the Reston Association and other community organization's boards, putting his legal and financial skills to work on many committees. He received the "Best of Reston" award in 2002. Bill was a voracious reader and an avid chess player. He was a member of the Cosmos Club and played on its chess team against local and London clubs.
Bill was a member of the St. Anne's Episcopal Church in Reston. He is survived by his wife Patricia McLaughlin Nicoson and his stepchildren William Todd Fairbairn, IV and Mary Fairbairn Morgan and five grandchildren.
There will be a Memorial Service in the Fall.

Published in The Washington Post on July 14, 2013