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Tangier in Accomack County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Dr. Copter — Flying Medicine to Tangier

David Buell Nichols, MD

 

—Feb 18, 1948 – Dec 30, 2010 —

 
Dr. Copter — Flying Medicine to Tangier Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, September 7, 2016
1. Dr. Copter — Flying Medicine to Tangier Marker
Inscription. Every week for more than thirty years Dr. David Buell Nichols made the voyage from Hummel Field in Middlesex County to Tangier Island in the Chesapeake Bay to administer health care to those in need. For an island with no resident doctor, the sound of his helicopter blades became synonymous with relief.

Between his private practice in White Stone and the small clinic on Tangier Island, Dr. Nichols touched thousands of lives. He was also an active advocate of General Aviation in America, realizing first-hand the importance of flight. His enthusiasm for aviation was contagious and he fostered a passion for flying in many people.

In recognition of his commitment to the people of Tangier Island, and his contribution to General Aviation, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association dedicates this two-part memorial in honor of Dr. David Buell Nichols, also known as “Doctor Copter.”

This memorial consists of two monuments, one at Hummel Field in Middlesex County and the other at the David B. Nichols Health Clinic on Tangier Island. Created from the same piece of granite, the monuments epitomize Dr. Nichols’ dedication and commitment to those in need on the mainland and Tangier Island, Virginia.
 
Erected by Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.
 
Location.
David B. Nichols Health Clinic and Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, September 7, 2016
2. David B. Nichols Health Clinic and Marker
37° 49.637′ N, 75° 59.516′ W. Marker is in Tangier, Virginia, in Accomack County. Marker is on Main Ridge Road just south of Twin John Lane, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Tangier VA 23440, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Swain Memorial United Methodist Church (here, next to this marker); Telephone Office, Post Office & Myrt’s (a few steps from this marker); Tangier Island (a few steps from this marker); The Parson of the Islands (a few steps from this marker); Gladstone Memorial Health Center (within shouting distance of this marker); The Double Six (within shouting distance of this marker); Former Site of New Testament Congregation (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fort Albion (about 300 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Tangier.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker.
 
Also see . . .  Dr. Nichols’ Legacy. WBOC-TV 16 news story by Steve Hammond.
(Submitted on November 6, 2016.) 
 
Categories. Air & SpaceScience & Medicine
 
Dr. Nichols and his Helicopter image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, November 5, 2016
3. Dr. Nichols and his Helicopter
Image of photograph etched into the marker.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 400 times since then and 40 times this year. This page was the Marker of the Week Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.   3. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page was last revised on November 6, 2016.
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