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Jeannette Nichols Honored as 2006 Outstanding Kansas Citian

On October 5, 2006, the Native Sons of Greater Kansas City honored one of Kansas City's great philanthropists and community volunteers. Jeannette Nichols was named Outstanding Kansas Citian for 2006 at a reception held in her honor at the Liberty Memorial, 100 W. 20th Street.

Jeannette Nichols' accomplishments are many, especially in the arts. She serves as honorary co-chair of the University of Missouri - Kansas City's $200 million capital campaign and is spearheading the expansion of the Miller Nichols library on the UMKC campus. She and her late husband, Miller, received the Philanthropic Award from the Jackson County Historical Society in 2001.

Two years later, Ms. Nichols received the William F. Yates Medallion of Distinguished Service from William Jewell College. She serves on the Campaign Steering Committees of both the Kansas City Public Library and the Metropolitan Kansas City Performing Arts Center. She has served at the national level on the President's Advisory Committee on the Arts at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

Accomplishment is part of the Nichols' family tradition. J.C. Nichols, Ms. Nichols' father-in-law, created the Country Club Plaza in 1922. Her late husband, Miller Nichols, took over his father's business and took the Kansas City landmark to new heights by adding hotels, apartments and artwork to the Plaza landscape.

The Native Sons and Daughters of Greater Kansas City are pleased to name Jeannette Nichols Outstanding Kansas Citian for 2006.