Dr. Laurance Nickey, former El Paso health director, dies at 87

El Paso News

Dr. Laurance Nickey, the longtime director of the El Paso City-County Health District, died earlier this week at the age of 87.

Nickey atteneded Dudley Grammer School, El Paso High School, UTEP and Baylor University College of Medicine. He was a private doctor from 1960 to 1983, according to his obituary published in the El Paso Times.

He spent the next 22 years as the director of the Health District before retiring in 1995.

His major accomplishments include:

  • The Oral Polio Immunization program in 1963
  • The improved treatment for El Pasoans with tuberculosis
  • The Improved Pregnancy Outcome Program
  • And securing health insurance for newborns

Nickey is survived by his wife Jan. They had seven children, nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren, according to his obituary. 

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