James Bridges ("Jay") Nickson passed on July 1, 2015 in Grand Forks, ND. He was born March 22, 1945 in Chicago, IL, son of Dr. James J. Nickson and Dr. Margaret Hofrichter Nickson. Jay grew up in London and New York, and attended college at Dartmouth, Reed and graduated from the University of Alabama-Birmingham. A talented software designer and engineer, he began working for IBM in 1965, and subsequently worked at Digital Equipment Corporation and various other technology firms in the Northeast U.S. Several software products he designed won product of the year awards from industry magazines. He came to UND in 2009 and worked as a Programmer at the School of Aerospace Sciences. He was also the inventor of systems and methods for semantic URL handling that was awarded a patent in 2014.