When he wife became ill, Mr. Nicol was forced to retire in 2005 in order to care for her. She died in 2006.

"Then he became a client, and he was being helped by volunteers he had worked with," said Ms. Carey.

In 2011, Mr. Nicol wrote a poem about Meals on Wheels and was filmed reading it. The video was posted on the national Meals of Wheels website, and an article about him and the poem in the organization's newsletter gave him the sobriquet of "Mr. Meals on Wheels."

Mr. Nicol and his wife shared a mutual passion for music, literature, and civil rights and equality.

The Rev. John T. Middaugh, then pastor of Brown Memorial Park Avenue Presbyterian Church in Bolton Hill, was arrested during the famous 1963 sit-in at Gwynn Oak Amusement Park in Woodlawn, which denied admission to African-Americans.

"They were so moved by Dr. Middaugh's witness for social justice that they joined his church," said his daughter.

Mr. Nicol became a deacon and an elder at the church, where he remained a member until 2006, when he transferred his membership to Brown Memorial Woodbrook Presbyterian Church, which was closer to his Heathfield Road home in Rodgers Forge.

A theater aficionado, Mr. Nicol had acted in plays starting with the Trumbull New Theater in Warren, Ohio. Locally, he acted with the Vagabonds, the Player's Company, Hopkins Players and the Woodbrook Players.

He and his wife traveled all over the United States.

Mr. Nicol remained active well into his 90s. He belonged to two writing groups, a book club and a lunch group.

He also liked writing poetry. He had written and published "One Brief Moment," a memoir of his years in Beirut, and was a regular writer of letters to the editor.

After breaking a leg last year, Mr. Nicol left Rodgers Forge and moved to the Presbyterian Home.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Feb. 23 at his church, 6200 N. Charles St. in Woodbrook.

In addition to his daughter, Mr. Nicol is survived by a sister, Margaret Gutelius of Sun City Center, Fla; two grandsons; and three great-grandchildren.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com