Carolyn Nicolson Wood September 3, 1941 - June 19, 2018 San Diego Carolyn Wood founded Gateways Summer School in 1982 with a group of parent volunteers to provide affordable summer educational programming for gifted children. Carolyn fought for challenging educational experiences for all children, particularly those identified as gifted. She took pride in her children and absolutely adored her grandchildren. Carolyn is survived by her four children, Katherine, Gregory, Jennifer and Suzanne; her brother, Douglas; her sister, Alice; as well as four nieces, two nephews, and six grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 2:00pm on Saturday, July 14th at the UCUC Church, 2877 Governor Drive. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Gateways Summer School, her "fifth child."
Published by San Diego Union-Tribune on Jul. 8, 2018.
Going to the Nicolsons' house was the highlight of my week(s) back in 1950-52. When they moved to another town I was much dismayed. Carolyn was the model for the big sister I never had. RIP.
May 11, 2020
I am so grateful that Carolyn was in my life.
She formed a dedicated team of volunteers and teachers and I loved being a member of that team. I was invited to create and teach a class that was to be called "Math Is Fun". It worked out so well that from the next summer on I taught three sections of the class every summer and added a geography class, too, until I "retired" in 1992. I looked forward to every summer being able to work with such a great team.
I also have warm memories of many of the wonderful gifted and talented students over the years. Two of my own grandchildren were Gateways students as well. They loved it!
Carolyn was a wonderfully special person, seeing a great need and having the leadership skills and the dedication to meet it--very successfully. She truly enriched the lives of students--and teachers, I might add--alike!
I offer my sincere condolences to her family members who are mourning the passing of a great lady!