EASTON, Pa. -- Maroon Club Hall of Fame running back Don Nikles '60 passed away on May 6, 2016.
A Nazareth, Pa. native, Nikles played three varsity seasons of football at Lafayette. In his senior campaign of 1959, the standout fullback set career marks in rushing and carries that stood for more than 13 seasons. He was a two-time All-Middle Atlantic Conference First-Team selection at fullback, and he won the MAC rushing titles in his junior and senior seasons with dramatic performances against Lehigh.
In 1958, Nikles rushed for 108 yards on 28 carries as Lafayette battled to a 14-14 tie with Lehigh, with Nikles gaining the MAC rushing crown by a narrow margin. In 1959 as the team captain, Nikles again captured the league yardage title by outgaining the entire Lehigh team while rushing for 191 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries to power Lafayette to a 28-6 triumph.
Following his graduation, he played professional football for one season with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Nikles' collegiate success in baseball also saw him garner a contact offer to play with the Cleveland Indians' organization.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, May 11, 2016, at 10 a.m. at the Finegan Funeral Home at 4080 William Penn Highway in Palmer Township, Pa. followed by a funeral mass at 11 a.m. at St. Anthony Catholic Church on 9th & Lehigh Streets in Easton, Pa. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Maroon Club at Lafayette College, or to the Delaware Valley Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association in memory of his name.