Doctor, Writer, and Ex-U.N. Official Dies
LONDON (AP) _ Davidson Nicol, a doctor, writer and former Sierra Leone diplomat who for 10 years headed a U.N. training institute, has died at age 70.
His family said he died of cancer at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge on Sept. 20.
Since 1985, Nicol was an associate lecturer at Cambridge University’s Center of International Studies, living part of the year in Freetown, capital of his West African homeland Sierra Leone. During this time he also taught at the University of South Carolina.
He was Sierra Leone’s ambassador to the United Nations from 1969 to 1971. He was later his country’s ambassador to Britain, Norway, Sweden and Denmark.
In 1972, he became an under secretary-general of the United Nations and executive director of the U.N. Institute for Training and Research. The institute provides training in diplomacy, negotiation, and economic and social affairs mainly for diplomats and officials of developing countries.
Nicol held both posts until 1982, when he retired from the United Nations.
He published two books on U.N. diplomacy, and under the pen name Abioseh Nicol, he became one of Sierra Leone’s best known fiction authors. His prize- winning work included ″The Truly Married Woman,″ ″The Devil at Yolahun Bridge″ and ″The Leopard Hunts.″
Nicol was born in Freetown on Sept. 14, 1924. He won a government scholarship that took him to Cambridge University to study the natural sciences. After graduating with top honors, he attended Cambridge’s medical school.
He returned to Freetown in 1958 when Sierra Leone gained self-government, followed three years later by full independence from British colonial rule. Nicol became the first vice-chancellor of the University of Sierra Leone.
His marriage to Dr. Marjorie Johnston Nicol, who was also a physician, ended in divorce.
He is survived by his former wife, two daughters and three sons.
No details of funeral arrangements were announced.