Edwin Farnham Nicholson
Edwin Farnham Nicholson
Hometown: Grosse Pointe, MI
Team: Swimming & Diving

Edwin Farnham Nicholson '60
Hometown:
 Grosse Pointe, MI
Sport:
Swimming & Diving
Year Inducted:
1978

Edwin Farnham Nicholson ’60, an All-American selection as a sophomore, was Brown’s top sprinter – and one of the East’s best – for three successive seasons. He arrived at Brown weighing 155 pounds and with plans for playing college football. Nicolson’s weight didn’t change, but his plans did. He joined Coach Joe Watmough at the Lyman Gym pool, and never regretted the decision. Nicholson captained the Cubs in 1956-57 but really blossomed as a swimmer as a sophomore. He won 10 of 13 races in both the 50 and 100 freestyle events as the Bruins posted a 10-3 record. In the Easterns, held at Annapolis, Nicholson put on a dazzling display of speed to beat out three Yale swimmers and capture the 50 with a 22.8 clocking, which was a new Brown record. That same week he was named to the All-American team – the only sophomore selected. As Brown tied for the New England championship that year, Nicholson was a member of the 400-yard medley relay unit that set a N.E. record with a 4:02.8. During his junior year in 1958-59, the native of Grosse Pointe, Mich., won the 50 and 100 free in every meet except those against Harvard and Yale. He set a Brown record for the 100 in 51.8 and then was a double winner in the New Englands, where he defeated defending champion Chip Ide of Williams in the 100 and finished in a dead heat for first with Dick Beauvais of UConn in the 50 with both swimmers clocked at 23.4. As captain of the 1959-60 Bruins, Nicholson lowered his 100 freestyle time to 51.2 in the New Englands and was a member of the 400 freestyle relay team that captured the New Englands in 3:34.5. His coach, Joe Watmough had this to say: “In my long career, I’d have to rate Ed Nicholson as one of the best I ever coached.” A graduate of Harvard Business School, Nicholson is manager of production planning for International Silver Co. He and his wife, Barbara Jones Nicholson ’60, have two children, Christopher and Sarah, and live in Manchester, Conn.