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Pepperdine Mourns the Loss of Dr. Marshall Nickles

Nickles HeadshotPepperdine mourns the loss of emeritus professor of economics, Marshall Nickles, EdD, who passed away on December 12, 2023. Dr. Nickles was a caring man who was dedicated to service. 

Dr. Nickles had a pivotal role in the development of the Graziadio School after joining the university as a faculty member at just 23 years old. He served as chair of the MBA and Executive MBA committees as well as chair and member of several other steering and academic committees. Dr. Nickles was also a recipient of The Pepperdine University Howard A. White Award for Teaching Excellence.

"I had the opportunity to work and socialize with Marshall during my time at the Irvine campus. He was so savvy about life and economics, and I learned so much from his knowledge and wisdom. He will always be remembered."  

 -Dr. Nelson Granados 

“Professor Nickles was a gracious and kind colleague who devoted his entire working life to Pepperdine. He was passionate about teaching and often expressed his gratitude for being able to work as a professor in the business school. He was devoted to his students and always conducted himself with a high level of professionalism. He provided a calming presence at faculty meetings and his influence helped shape the growth and impact of the PGBS in its early years."  

-Dr. Dave M. Smith

In addition to serving the Graziadio School, he had experience as an author, business consultant, stock market speculator and consultant, board member, and business executive. He consulted several corporations such as Volkswagen of North America, 3M Corporation, and Loctite Corporation and served as a board member of The China Economy Consultancy Co. in the People’s Republic of China, The China American Technology Investment Group, vice president and board member of The American-China Association for Science and Technology Exchange, and advisory board member for Irwin Duskin Press. 

Dr. Nickles had a profound impact on the Graziadio School during his nearly six decade tenure. Our heartfelt condolences go out to his wife, Raleigh Nickles, and family during this time.