J. Jerome (Jerry) Nykiel, ’74, was the consummate Purple Eagle. As a student, he embraced the Niagara spirit and cherished his time at Niagara University, where he developed a number of lifelong friendships.
Upon graduating cum laude from Niagara University, he later obtained a master of business administration from the Wharton School of Finance, at the University of Pennsylvania.
His career took him in many different directions, but he always maintained his connection with friends from his alma mater.
Jerry was a long-term employee of John G. Ullman and Associates of Corning, N.Y., where he served as their director of securities trading. With his strong personal interest in analysis and securities, Jerry became a senior associate in securities research and portfolio management in July 2009. Jerry also served in a number of other management roles, including being a member of the company’s operations committee. Prior to that, he was employed by Sunmaster Corp. of Corning, N.Y., and Artistic Greetings of Elmira, N.Y.
He was a lifelong communicant of St. Mary’s Church in Elmira, N.Y., a member of the Elmira Hibernians and the Polish National Alliance. Jerry had several lifelong interests. He gardened every year except when he was in college, he was a devoted fan of the New York Yankees, and spent time on Keuka Lake where he summered most of his life.
Unexpectedly, Jerry’s life ended Oct. 8 2010, but the legacy he left Niagara lives on. Jerry’s estate funded an endowed scholarship for students enrolled in Niagara’s College of Business who need financial assistance. Jerry always put family and friends first, and enjoyed his much larger Niagara family as well. He will always be remembered for his kind spirit, diversified intellect, strong faith and pride in his alma mater.
The J. Jerome Nykiel, ’74, Memorial Scholarship will help to support Niagara University College of Business students because of Jerry’s thoughtfulness in his estate planning.