Dr. Calvin Nicholas, Namath & New York Jets' Longtime Physician, Dies at 88

Jets fans of a certain age will remember “Dr. Cal,” who was the Jets’ internist from 1962, when they were still the Titans, through 1987, and therefore was one of Joe Namath’s team doctors. He added to his New York sports medicine profile with his six years of affiliation with the New York Islanders.

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Calvin Nicholas was with the Jets from 1962 - 1987

Coral Springs, FL (PRWEB) August 03, 2012

Dr. Calvin Nicholas (“Dr. Cal and “Pop”) of Coral Springs, FL and Babylon, NY passed away peacefully on August 1st, 2012.

Calvin was born to Greek immigrants, the late Harry & Julia Karanicholas in Norfolk, VA and grew up in the Washington Heights area of New York City with his older brother, Dr. James Nicholas, and his sister, Patricia. During his upbringing, his family name was changed to the more American-sounding “Nicholas”. In 1941, he was enrolled at Fordham University but spent a year at Cornell on the Navy V12 program. He was a baseball pitcher while in college, playing semi-pro Metropolitan, the Queens Club and had a tryout for the Washington Senators. He was a graduate of Fordham University in 1945.

While attending Cornell, Calvin would achieve what he always believed was his greatest accomplishment. He met the love of his life, Evelyn Nurkiewicz, and they were happily married for 57 years until her passing in 2005. To the very day of his passing, he never took off his wedding ring, and always spoke of his excitement of seeing his beloved Lynne again.

Calvin attended Medical school in Brooklyn, graduating in 1948 and then completed an internship at Meadowbrook Hospital (now Nassau County Medical Center).

He was a US Navy Lieutenant JG and was stationed in Korea from 1950-1952 on the hospital ship, “The Haven”. Upon his return from war overseas, he became the chief medical resident at Meadowbrook Hospital.

He opened his medical practice in internal medicine in 1953 in Babylon, Long Island and had his office attached to his home so he could always be there for his family. He was Babylon Police surgeon, on staff at Brunswick and Good Samaritan Hospital (West Islip).

Dr. Cal became the team internist for the New York Jets (then Titans) in 1962 with his Orthopedist brother, the late Dr. James Nicholas. His work with the New York Jets ignited a passion for sports in the Nicholas family that would endure. He was also the team internist for the Islanders from 1974-1979.

He always found time to umpire little league games for his sons, never missing any of their sports but more unique in the 1960s, he attended and supported every sporting event his daughter was active in and filmed all of her games. He was a man whose entire makeup was honor, integrity and faith.

He made a lasting impressing in all he left behind. His is survived by his three grown children Christopher Nicholas (Mary Nicholas) of Brooklyn, NY, Connie Carberg (John Carberg) of Coral Springs, FL, Bruce Nicholas of Buffalo, NY and his younger sister, Patricia Bohn (Dr. Richard Bohn), of Coral Gables, Florida.

He is loved and will be greatly missed by his grandchildren: Derek, Erica (Dan), Lisa, Carly, Michael (Amy), Matthew, Gregory, and Chris (Jenna), his step-granddaughter, Lisa Carberg Palmer (Jeff) as well as his great grandchild, Adelaide.

Dr. Cal was an adoring husband and father, compassionate physician, and beloved friend to all that knew him.

Services will be held at Kraeer Funeral Home on 1655 North University Drive in Coral Springs, FL on August 10th, with a viewing beginning at 2pm and a service at 4pm. Flowers are appreciated or donations may be made on Dr. Nicholas’ behalf to the charity of your choosing.

Visit his memory page and share your remembrance on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/DrCalNicholas


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