Keith L. Nitcher 1921 - 2010 Lawrence
A memorial service for Keith L. Nitcher, 89, of Lawrence, will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the First Baptist Church. Cremation is planned. Private family inurnment will be at Pioneer Cemetery.
Mr. Nitcher died Saturday, Nov. 6, 2010, at Bridge Haven-Memory Care Residence, Lawrence.
He was born Aug. 25, 1921, in Pomona, the son of Walter Leon and Etta May Baxter Nitcher.
Mr. Nitcher was a master sergeant in the United States Army from 1942 to 1946.
He received his teachers certificate in 1941 from Kansas State Teachers College, Emporia. He then received his bachelor’s degree from Washburn University in Topeka in 1948. He became a certified public accountant in 1954.
Mr. Nitcher was the principal of Lebo grade school, 1941-1942; an instructor for Clark’s School of Business, 1948-1949; an assistant treasurer at Washburn University, 1949-1951; an accountant in Ottawa, 1951-1954; assistant state controller of Kansas, 1954-1957; comptroller at Kansas University, 1957-1968; deputy vice chancellor for finance at KU, 1968-1969; and the university director of business and fiscal affairs at the Lawrence and Medical Center campuses from 1969-1993.
Mr. Nitcher was the president of Central Association of College and University Business Officers from 1964-1968, and the treasurer and a member on the board of directors of National Association of College and University Business Officers from 1968-1971. He was a member of the National Advisory Council for the United States Aid Funds Inc., chairman for the Council on Business Affairs, National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges 1972-1973, chairman for the board of Kansas Developmental Finance Authority 1993-1997, on the board of directors for Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Kansas City Inc., and treasurer and board member of the Athletic Department at Kansas University. He was also a member of the First Baptist Church, Lawrence.
He married Hazel Frances Johnson on April 18, 1945, at Pomona. She survives of the home.
Other survivors include three sons, Bob Nitcher and wife Jan, Vinland, and John Nitcher and wife Katy, and Ron Nitcher and wife Cindy, all of Lawrence; a daughter, Sandra Savell and husband Charles, Overland Park; seven grandchildren, Jennifer Romero, Christopher Savell, Walt Nitcher, Emily Nitcher, Sam Nitcher, Maddie Nitcher and Will Nitcher; and four great-grandchildren, Mira, Mason, Austin and Anthony Romero.
The family suggests memorials to the First Baptist Church or Kansas University Medical Center for Alzheimer’s or cancer, sent in care of Lawrence Chapel Oaks, 3821 W. Sixth St., Lawrence, KS 66049.
Online condolences may be made at barnettchapeloaks.com.