Eleanor R. Nickerson, wife of the late Palmer Rice Nickerson, a founding partner of the Baltimore law firm now known as Whiteford Taylor & Preston, died of cancer Thursday at Huntington Commons in Kennebunkport, Maine.
Private services for Mrs. Nickerson were planned.
The former Eleanor Renshaw was active in volunteer work with the USO in Baltimore during World War II and then with the Red Cross at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Northeast Baltimore.
She was born in Pittsburgh and came to Baltimore to attend Goucher College. She graduated with a liberal arts degree in 1926, the same year she was married to Mr. Nickerson. Both performed with the Baltimore Vagabond Theater Players, and they were enthusiastic antiques collectors.
The Nickersons long maintained a summer home at Goose Rocks Beach, Maine. Mrs. Nickerson enjoyed 60 summers there.
After her husband's retirement in 1963, the couple moved to Kennebunkport where Mrs. Nickerson was a member of the Olympian Club and the Kennebunkport Historical Society. Her husband died in 1969.
Mrs. Nickerson is survived by two sons, retired Navy Capt. Richard H. Nickerson of Arundel, Maine, and U.S. District Judge William M. Nickerson of Baltimore; seven granddaughters; and eight great-grandchildren.