Wayne Brackett Nicoll
1932 - 2017
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Wayne Brackett Nicoll passed away peacefully at Concord Regional VNA Hospice House in Concord, Saturday, December 30, 2017, with his beloved wife Sally at his side.

Wayne was born in Concord on November 23, 1932, to Helen Frances Shurtleff and Maynard Wayne Brackett. His father passed away in 1935, and during his early years Wayne was raised by his adoring aunts. In 1943 his mother married Andrew M. Nicoll, a widower. Their union immediately gave Wayne an older brother, Andrew II, and a sister, Jean. At this point his name was legally changed to Wayne Brackett Nicoll.

Wayne graduated from Concord High in 1950 and attended UNH for three years, studying Geology. In 1953 he was appointed to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, where he excelled in track and field, becoming a four-year letterman in Cross Country. In retirement he would later serve as an Admissions Representative for the Academy. He graduated on June 4, 1957 with a commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Infantry. On that same day he married his longtime sweetheart, Sally Humphreys, in the Old Cadet Chapel. During their 60+ years of marriage they raised two children, Gregory Everett and Jemi Elizabeth Nicoll.

Over the years Wayne continued his love of distance running and later racewalking and snowshoe racing. He competed in four separate Olympic Trials as a racewalker. While stationed at Ft. Devens, MA in 1959, Wayne inspired an international competition for distance hiking when he completed a 104-mile trek from Camp Edwards on Cape Cod to Ft. Devens in 40 1/2 hours in combat gear with a rifle and full pack.

In 1961 he transferred from the Infantry to the Military Police Corps and was assigned to duty in Germany, where he served first in Frankfurt as Commander of A Company, 709th MP Battalion and afterward in West Berlin as Operations Officer for the Provost Marshal's Office at Checkpoint Charlie and along the then newly-constructed Berlin Wall. During his tour in the divided city, Wayne organized a highly successful running program for American youths. His teams excelled in German youth competitions and he was awarded the prestigious Sportabzeichen (""Sports Badge"") by the Berlin Police. 

After relocating to the United States in 1966, Wayne settled in Augusta, Georgia. From there he was sent to Vietnam for two tours of duty (1967-1968 and 1972-1973), where he served as Deputy Provost Marshal of the U.S. Army's 23rd Infantry, which had been founded in New Caledonia and was thus known as the ""Americal"" Division. 

As retirement drew near, Wayne completed a Masters Degree in Public Administration at the University of Georgia, and taught Criminal Justice courses part-time for various colleges and universities in Georgia, Alabama, and the Carolinas. After 20 years of Army service he retired in 1977 as a Lieutenant Colonel. He and Sally opened a store for runners from which they promoted footrace events throughout the Southeast.

Wayne became a pioneer in the establishment of technical standards for course measurement and accurate timing, receiving a rating of "Expert" from the International Athletic Federation (IAAF). His skills took him all over the United States, as well as to Jamaica and Mexico, where he performed measurements, validated records, and conducted training workshops. Among the over 500 race course measurements in which Wayne participated were The Boston and New York City Marathons, the 1988 Olympic Trials, and the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. In 2015 he was honored with the first Ted Corbitt Award for his contributions to the technical aspects of Long Distance Running.

After moving back to New Hampshire, Wayne and Sally spent 27 years as residents at the historic Ragged Mountain Fish & Game Club in Andover, where Wayne enjoyed numerous outdoor activities. While hunting on snowshoes there during the afternoon of his 65th birthday, he dropped a 204-lb whitetail buck with a single shot from a handgun at a distance of 80 yards. A note Wayne wrote around that time includes his observation, ""I am living a very full and satisfying life with a wonderful partner.""

In 2015 Wayne and Sally returned to Concord, where Pleasant View Retirement became their home. Among Wayne's memberships were The Snowshoe Club, the West Augusta (GA) Rotary Club, USA Track & Field, American Legion and the Assoc. of the U.S. Army. His military decorations included the Army Occupation Medal (Berlin), Vietnam Campaign Ribbon with '60 Device, Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Bronze Star Medal, Joint Services Commendation Medal, Meritorious Service Award, and Legion of Merit.

His family members include wife, Sally Humphreys Nicoll; son, Gregory Everett Nicoll and his wife, Liz of Atlanta, Ga.; daughter, Jemi Elizabeth Broussard and her husband, Rick, of Concord; grandchildren, Daniel Broussard of Concord, Elizabeth Broussard of Jackson, Miss. and Eleanor Poirier and her husband, Michael Poirier; and great-granddaughter, Evangeline Marie Poirier, of Exeter. He was predeceased by his brother, Andrew Nicoll and sister, Jean Nicoll Schaller.

Interment with a graveside service will be held at the NH State Veterans Cemetery, Boscawen, in the spring. The family wishes to thank the nurses and staff of Concord VNA Hospice House for their kind and gentle care during his final two weeks.

Memorial donations may be made in Wayne's name to Hospice House, 240 Pleasant St., Concord, NH 03301 or to the Alzheimer's Association MA/NH Office, 309 Waverley Oaks Road, Waltham, MA 02452, where "Our Vision is a World Without Alzheimer's."

Arrangements are entrusted to the Bennett Funeral Home of Concord. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at BennettFuneral.com for the Nicoll family.

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Published in Concord Monitor on Jan. 7, 2018.
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April 22, 2018
I'm saddened to hear of Wayne's passing. Wayne and I ran together on the West Point track and XC teams while cadets. He was a much better distance runner than I was and my memories of running with him were always from the rear as he as always ahead of me. I held him in the deepest respect for his kind, warm, intelligence and friendly countenance plus his incredible "grit" --that determination that will not be denied--commonly known as guts, which I associate with most of my fellow distance runners. More recently Wayne helped to train me in preparation for my Class of '58 50th Year "March-Back"--a 15 mile over-night forced march that USMA plebes must undertake toward their first summer "Beast Barracks" training. Thanks to Wayne, I completed that march with him and a small band of other stalwart classmates and grads while in our 70's. He was also an avid outdoorsman and I enjoyed deer hunting with him on his beautiful Ragged Mountain property where he and Sally lived. Shortly after that he and I dropped out of communication which I regret. I send Sally, who is also a wonderful lady with "grit," my heartfelt sympathy and best wishes, from Munich where I travel several times a year to teach. Wayne was on-of-a-kind in spirit and body. Be thou at Peace.--Hal Lyon USMA Class of '58
Hal Lyon
April 7, 2018
Wayne, Jerome Lewis, late John Cook, Tom Leo, Dick Oberg on Plebe Hike in 2004 -- all Company B-1
Wayne and I were both company-mates and teammates at West Point for three of our four years there. We had three seasons together each year: cross country (5 miles), and winter and spring track (usually the 2 mile, the longest race).

I was the year behind Wayne, so I had him as a role model. As mentor, he was an inspiration to me, and he was friendly, humorous and dedicated. In his final season along the Hudson, he switched to race walking and competed in areas close to West Point on weekends.

I saw Nick, as we called him then, four times since our graduations. My wife and I visited him and Sally in their Berlin quarters in 1965. Much later in 1978, I looked him up in Augusta, Ga, where he was running an athletic store for runners, and walkers. Then in 2001 and 2004, we did the Grad March Back / Plebe Hike, with the new Plebe classes in the vicinity of West Point. Wayne did the first nine of these newly scheduled events, held in August (2001-2008), and wanted to do the 10th at a time when his memory was failing. I was asked to march with him in 2009, but unfortunately he was not physically up for it. During those nine years, he led his 57 class marchers/hikers both in organizing and giving advice to some of the unseasoned grads. He also shared his vast hiking experience with me and my 58 classmate hikers.

Since then we have stayed in touch. He will be missed by Sally and their wonderful family.

Jerome Lewis, USMA Class of 1958, Mountain View, CA
Jerome Lewis
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April 7, 2018
Jerome Lewis
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January 22, 2018
I went on a hike with him once at Ragged Mtn Club. He did share some stories of his time as an MP, but the hike was at a comfortable pace (for me) and he wasn't measuring anything so I wasn't familiar with those activities of his.

- Roy Schweiker, Concord NH
January 16, 2018
Dear Sally,
You and Wayne were such an inspiration to me and countless others in the world of Course design and measurement. He taught me how to handle the unique challenges of theme Parks. I have dozens of wonderful memories of our early mornings together both while working and sharing stories. All of Central Florida owes you and Wayne a debt of gratitude for all the help you gave us while starting a running and racing business in the late 70's and 80's.Wayne was a tremendous athlete, and friend to so many...He will be missed
Tom Ward
January 12, 2018
Sally, Wayne was a bright spot to so many, so much knowledge and info to impart. This goes for you too. We were pleased to see your picture together two years ago when your work for RRTC was recognized with the Ted Corbitt award. You were both pioneers. Wayne was lucky to have you by his side as he went through this and we are happy that you could celebrate 60 years together. We remember fondly the years of USATF conventions and particularly remember celebrating your birthday several times at breakfast; our recollection is December 4. Love and prayers,
Tom & Mary Anne McBrayer
January 7, 2018
As Ragged Mountain Fish And Game Club was special to me comming to live there summers as an 8 year old, it always pleased me that Wayne enjoyed, served and made it his. own, too. Such a dear man, always ready to help any one with anything, including helpin me catch and dispose of a very angry red squirrel in my kitchen!
We will all miss him very much.

Ann Schultz
January 7, 2018
On behalf of the entire Jillson family, I offer our sincerest sympathies to Sally, Jemi, Greg and families. We are so saddened to hear of Wayne's passing. We had missed seeing him and Sally recently. We send much love and comfort to you.
Kathie Jillson Goodwin
January 7, 2018
Dear Sally and Family,
We offer our sincere condolences as we reflect on our long friendship. We fondly remember our many measuring trips together. Wayne and Sally were key players in the measurements of the 1996 Olympic racewalk courses and served as data recorders for the 25 measurers. This was invaluable when working up the final data. Our good friend will be greatly missed.
Pete and Joan Riegel
Pete and Joan Riegel
January 6, 2018
Wayne was a very special person and one whose special talents and accomplishments will be long remembered and treasured. From our Cadet days when our girlfriends (later to become our wives) roomed together at Mrs. Grimm's in Highland Falls to our retirement years when we only saw each other at class reunions, I always felt a kinship with him. He is missed. Bill Page
Bill and Judith Page
January 6, 2018
We were honored to meet Wayne and Sally and enjoy lunch with them at our Gilford home. What a dignified, sweet and special man he was. Our condolences to a very special family.
Janet (Comeau) and Al Moriarty
January 6, 2018
Wayne was so wonderful and saw something in me at a time when I needed it and gave me a special thing in my life that I will never be able to replace. He had a gift to 'see' and put people together to make amazing things happen. Thanks from me and the whole running community and all you gave to us. Sally, it's been a while, but you are in my thoughts and heart. With much love. Amy Morss
Amy Morss
January 6, 2018
It is comforting to read about Wayne, as it is very clear that he was a great success in his life in every way. That softens the sadness of losing him. I am so proud to have known him and his really dear wife Sally. Thank you, Wayne, for being all that you were to so many.
Lois Stickney Magenau
January 6, 2018
With heartfelt condolences to Sally and the family, and treasured appreciation for the time spent with Wayne as mentor in measuring road race courses.
Jim Gilmer
January 5, 2018
With extreme sorrow on the passing of dear Wayne. Our depth of love for you, Sally, is constant and everlasting. You were a treasure to Wayne, and remain a treasure to us. May the peace of the Lord be with you
Peter, Valerie McCoy, and Pam Spofford
Valerie McCoy
January 5, 2018
Wayne, you were just a wonderful human being.
Patriot, teacher, mentor and friend.
Farewell for now.
Sally please be comforted in my condolences and knowing that Wayne touched so many people, that his legacy lives on.
Mike Wickiser
January 4, 2018
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always. Wayne will be missed far and wide.
Carol and Jim McLatchie
January 2, 2018
Sadly I bid farewell to a classmate I remember well. My sincere condolences to Sally.
Fred Koehler
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