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In Memoriam ~ Annabel Susan Nickles ’85


Annabel Susan Nickles ’85

Born on March 5, 1968 in Minnesota.

Passed away on November 11, 2019 in Oregon.

A native of Minnesota, Annabel’s love of science was nurtured at an early age by her chemistry professor father. She spent countless hours with him at his workbench being entertained by  his experiments. He gave her a copy of the CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics when she was in high school, she used it throughout her academic career.

Annabel was a voracious learner who attended Saint John’s Preparatory School in Collegeville, MN, earned a B.S. in Material Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Ph.D. in Material Science from the University of California Berkeley; and an MBA from Cornell University – S.C. Johnson School of Management. She had a very agile mind and mastered different topics rapidly. She also held four patents.

Annabel started her career in the semiconductor industry at Applied Materials as a Process Engineer and Product Marketing Manager, then joined Intel as a Strategic Planner from 2004-2006. She briefly left Intel to become a Business Line Manager at FEI from 2006-2008, then returned to Intel Labs in 2008.

A memorial and celebration of Annabel’s life was held on Sunday, December 15, 2019 at 2pm at the Walters Cultural Arts Center, 527 East Main St., Hillsboro, Oregon.

If you wish to honor Annabel, contributions can be made to Kaposia (, a nonprofit organization in her home state of Minnesota that provides job search and career skills training for neuro-diverse adults.