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Dr. Pete N. Nickolas, Westminster dentist

Dr. Pete N. Nickolas, a longtime Carroll County dentist who celebrated his Hellenic heritage, died Thursday from lymphoma at his daughter’s Westminster home. He was 67.

Pete Nick Nickolas was the son of Nick Pete Nickolas, a steelworker, and Helen Tambakis Nickolas, a sales associate.

He was born and raised in Warren, Ohio, where he graduated in 1967 from Warren G. Harding High School.

He moved to Baltimore and lived with relatives while studying at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. There, he earned bachelor’s degrees in Classical Greek and, later, archaeology.

While at UMBC, he met and fell in love with Frances Allen, whom he married in 1972.

After obtaining a dental degree in 1975 from the University of Maryland, he served as a dentist for two years in the Air Force until being discharged with the rank of captain in 1977.

Dr. Nickolas and his wife settled in New Windsor and then moved to Westminster, where he joined the dental practice of Dr. Michael C. Meyers.

The practice, known as Drs. Michael C. Meyers and Nickolas, was located on Main Street. in Westminster. After Dr. Meyers retired about 12 years ago, Dr. Nickolas maintained the practice until retiring in late August due to health reasons.

“He was dedicated to community dentistry and often did not charge patients who could not pay,” said his daughter, Angela Elaine Nickolas of Westminster.

Dr. Nickolas was also certified in forensic odontology, and examined human remains working closely with law enforcement to help identify the deceased when needed.

Proud of his Greek heritage, Dr. Nickolas was an active member of the American Hellenic Education Progressive Association.

He was recently inducted as a sublime degree master Mason. He was also a member of the film committee at the Carroll Arts Center and volunteered at Carroll County’s Community Media Center.

Dr. Nickolas and his wife were world travelers.

A eulogy and Greek Orthodox funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at the Pritts Funeral Home and Chapel, 412 Washington Road, Westminster.

In addition to his wife of 45 years and his daughter, Dr. Nickolas is survived by his mother, a resident of Warren, Ohio; two brothers, Charles Nickolas of Warren, Ohio, and James Nickolas of Daytona, Fla.; and a granddaughter.

-- Frederick N. Rasmussen

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