PASSINGS
Thomas P. Nickell Jr.

Former USC executive

Thomas P. Nickell Jr., 88, a former vice president at USC who directed fundraising, public affairs and press relations at the university for more than three decades, died May 25 in San Diego, the university announced.

During his tenure and under his direction, alumni volunteers and friends of the university garnered more than $500 million in private support for USC. He was also a driving force in establishing in 1959 the university's premier academic support group, the USC Associates.

A native of Richmond, Ind., Nickell spent two years at Butler University in Indiana before enlisting in the Army Air Forces during World War II. After the war, he continued his education at USC and earned his bachelor of science in marketing and advertising.

He returned to his alma mater in 1950 to direct the university's annual giving program. He was named director of fundraising and development in 1957, director of university planning in 1960 and vice president for university planning in 1961.

He left USC in 1981 to operate the Nickell Co., a development consulting firm.

Roy Boe

Owner of Nets, Islanders in '70s

Roy Boe, 79, who owned both the Julius Erving-led New York Nets of the American Basketball Assn. and the fledgling New York Islanders of the National Hockey League in the 1970s, died Sunday of heart failure at St. Vincent's Medical Center in Bridgeport, Conn.

Boe purchased the Nets in May 1969 and the team made the ABA finals in 1972, losing to Indiana. The team obtained Erving for the 1973-74 season and "The Doctor" immediately led the team to titles in 1974 and '76.

Boe and the Nets joined the NBA for the 1976-77 season but had to pay $8 million in various fees.

Strapped for cash, Boe sold the rights to Erving to the Philadelphia 76ers for $3 million in 1976. The Nets moved to New Jersey in 1977, and Boe sold his interest in 1978.

He became the original owner of the expansion Islanders in 1972. He also sold his interest in that team in 1978.

Boe was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Sept. 14, 1929. He graduated from Yale and served in the Army during the Korean War.

James F. Calvert

Retired Navy vice admiral

James F. Calvert, 88, a retired Navy vice admiral who commanded the nuclear-powered submarine Skate, the first vessel to surface at the North Pole, died of a heart ailment June 3 at his home in Bryn Mawr, Pa.

The 1959 polar trip was made to test how well a submarine could operate in the Arctic Ocean. Calvert wrote about the mission in the 1960 book "Surface at the Pole."