James Merritt Fickeisen ’52

James Merritt Fickeisen ’52, 80, died May 6 due to complications from Parkinson’s disease. Born March 11, 1930, in Weston, W.Va., Fickeisen graduated from Davidson in 1952. He served as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army Counter Intelligence Corps in Korea and Japan during the Korean War. He worked in advertising in New York in the 1950s and 1960s, where he met and married his wife. He graduated from the University of Oregon with a master’s degree in architecture in 1972. He is survived by Mary Merritt, 15730 SW Greens Way, Portland, OR 97224, his wife of almost 50 years; sons, Bob and John; daughter, Jenny; and eight grandchildren. He was a man after God’s own heart, and he will be remembered for his wide smile, selfless humility, and incredible wit.