Obituary - Isaac Emmet Nicholson - Class of 1888

Isaac Emmet Nicholson
Class of 1888

© Published on September 16, 1905

Isaac Emmet Nicholson

BlockOA perfect wave of sorrow has swept over Oakland on account of the death of Dr. Isaac Emmet Nicholson, the well-loved and popular young physician. His death was so sad, so unexpected and, it seemed, so unnecessary, that it proved a fearful shock. The funeral was one of the largest and saddest ever seen in Oakland, being attended by hundreds of patients, school friends and social acquaintances. The flowers were exquisite and the funeral was in excellent taste, everything very quiet and unostentatious. Cremation followed.

In reality Dr. Nicholson had only lived half his life, but it had been such an exceedingly busy one that he had exhausted magnificent vital foces and gave his life for his overwork. For several years he had had no adequate rest and his early death -- he was barely thirty-four -- illustrates to busy men, or should illustrate, that that sort of thing does not pay. it is better to take a month's vacation each year and live thirty years longer, for, after all, the thirty months of rest amount to but two and a half years. Dr. Nicholson had worked hard all summer, for there has been more typhoid in Oakland than we liked to admit, and then he took the practice of Dr. Larkey while Dr. Larkey went on his vacation. Later in the fall Dr. Nicholson had planned to take a rest, but the time never came.

For years Dr. Nicholson had been troubled with rheumatism, which took a sudden and violent form, and his heart had been affected by this trouble. When the rheumatism this time was succeeded by typhoid the patient stood a very poor chance of recovery, for he was already worn by had work, and typhoid patients have a very slim chance of recovery unless every vital organ is sound. The patient passed into a violent delirium from which he never regained consciousness.

The entire community sympathizes with the young widow, who as Cora Harvey was a very popular girl, and has been one of the best liked of the young matrons. She and Dr. Nicholson were engaged in High School days, and have been married more than eight years. They have two little daughters. Dr. Nicholson's father, the late I. E. Nicholson, M.D., and Mrs. Mary Bell Nicholson, who still lives in the spacious old family home at Eighth and Grove streets, were among the best known people in Oakland, especially in the old Southern set which attended St. John's. There are two married sisters and three unmarried ones, and one other son, who does not reside in Oakland, so that altogether a large circle mourns this loss.

Dr. Nicholson was a graduate of the Oakland High School and attended the State University for a time. His medical education he received in the East.