Roland Nicholson Businessman, teacher

October 22, 1990

Services for Roland Nicholson Sr., a retired Baltimore businessman and teacher, will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Metropolitan United Methodist Church, 1121 W. Lanvale St.

Mr. Nicholson, the owner and operator of two dry-cleaning establishments, died Friday at Sinai Hospital from complications following a stroke. He was 67.

For 44 years, Mr. Nicholson and his brother, Percy, owned and operated Nicholson Bros.' Dry Cleaners on Pennsylvania Avenue. He also trained many students in the dry-cleaning industry during his 14 years on the faculty of Carver Vocational Technical High School.

A West Baltimore resident, Mr. Nicholson was educated in the Baltimore public schools and was graduated from Carver in 1942. He also attended Coppin State College, the Community College of Baltimore, Morgan State University and the University of Maryland at College Park.

During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army, rising to the rank of staff sergeant. After the war he returned to Baltimore, establishing the dry-cleaning business with his brother in 1946. In addition to the Nicholson Bros. firm, he also established Nicholson's Alterations Center on West North Avenue in 1973.

In 1975, Mr. Nicholson joined the Carver faculty and was ultimately named to the school's Hall of Fame. He retired from the city school system in June 1989 and retired from the dry-cleaning business earlier this year.

Mr. Nicholson was an active member of the Metropolitan United Methodist Church and was active in community and political affairs. He was also a noted athlete in high school and during his military service.

He is survived by his wife, the former Juanita Brown of Baltimore; two brothers, Percy and Alton Nicholson, both of Baltimore; two sisters, Naomi Pearson and Mary Caldwell, both of Baltimore; two sons, Roland Nicholson Jr. of New York and Howard Nicholson of Baltimore; two daughters, La Verne Nicholson Sykes and Karen Nicholson Smith, both of Baltimore; and six grandchildren.

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