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Arthur “Nick” Huston

Arthur “Nick” Clifton Huston, D.D.S., age 83, of Columbus, passed away June 5, 2021 following a brief illness. Nick was born on September 17, 1937 in Portsmouth, Ohio to Margaret and Arthur Huston.

Nick graduated from Portsmouth High School in 1955 and from The Ohio State Dental School in 1963. Nick practiced dentistry in Worthington, Ohio for many years. He was past president of the Ohio State Dental Board and a member of the Commission on Dental Competency Assessments. He was also a member of the American Dental Association, Elks, and Moose organizations.

Nick is survived by his wife of 31 years, Nancy; sisters-in-law, Becky (Mark) Green and Diana (Curt) Martel; nieces and nephews, Katie, Anne, Luke, Maggie, Josh, Loren, Sam, Matthew, Will, Naomi, Grant, Autumn, Sophia, Jack, Calvin, Beatrice, Lucius, and Josiah.

A private family celebration will be held at a later date.

“A life well lived is a legacy

Of joy and pride and pleasure.

A living, lasting memory

Our grateful hearts will treasure.”


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  • Jo wetzel says:

    Remembering the good times we had with our friends.

  • Vikki L Spohn says:

    A compassionate and caring dentist for our family for years. We credit him with our sustained dental health. His passing will be a great loss to all. His legacy will live on in those he taught.
    Vikki and Ray Spohn

  • Lisa Abele says:

    Nick was a very caring individual, full of great advise, interesting to talk to and he always seemed involved in an effort somewhere to bring about positive change to improve the plight of the poor, under-served and any creature great or small. I hope he is spending his afterlife watching birds and catching up with long lost family, friends and pets. It was a blessing to meet Nick and get to know him.

  • Donna Gibbs says:

    Nancy,I am so sorry for your loss! I have many fond memories of our times at Huston,Lash, Tootle and Brown. May your memories and good times with Nick bring you comfort.

  • Linda Wisler says:

    I worked with Nick and Bert for a couple years at Worthington Dental in the early 80s and remember Nick fondly. So laid back, so caring and unorthodox in his approach (a good thing, in my mind!!) A life well lived, I am sure. My condolences to Nancy. Please take care of yourself, Nancy, in this new journey and know that Nick’s legacy lives on.

  • Barb Hopper says:

    Nick my dear friend you gave so much of your enormous knowledge
    And time to all who would listen expecting nothing in had a very successful dental practice.Patients loved your truthfulness and kindness.I cherish our 21 years together and know you did one can take those memories from us.Now you get to be with your Mom and Dad ,Uncle Dutch your twin boys.
    Deanie a beautiful lady,mother,of your boys.All your four legged pets,
    Basker,Lancelot one and two your wolfhounds Sophie,John John Pierre and others.
    All your friends Dan,Dean,Dave and Gary,Jim and John just to name a few proceeding you.
    So Nick I say to you.Go fly high upon that mountain it is now time for you to stop and smell the roses along the way,one of your many favorite sayings.
    A genius mind has gone silent here on earth but left behind a gift for so many of us.RIP my dear one.

  • Duke Heller says:

    Nick and I met in 1955 at OSU. We became inseparable during pre-dental education and enter dental school together in 1958. We were in each others weddings. Nick helped me establish the Midwest Implant Institue with his help using the Ohio Dental Association. Nick was a trusted friend since 1955. We talked often and he usually philosophized every story I told him. I truly loved him and enjoyed the many times we talked on the phone. I last saw him when you brought him to a city park during COVID so we could break bread together. Assuming he and my wife Wanda have had a lot of conversations in heaven. Know you will struggle with lonlieness for Nick. Thanks for being his helpmate.

  • Clark E Harmon says:

    Nick was a great friend, client, and Dentist of mine for many years. He referred many clients to me and he was a client of mine. Nick and I were the same age and He always had good advice for me that made a lot of common sense. Bert and Nick let me use their motor home decked out for OSU games. Many good times with Nick.

  • Paul (Bob) Bowles says:

    Dear Nick, I wish you could have held out one more year so I could have been with you this Fall in Columbus for our small Sigma Chi reunion. We all could have enjoy some more of your quiet humor. But we don’t seem to have any control over when it’s our time and we have sure lost a lot of Brothers the last few years. By the end of the 20’s there is a good chance our 26 man Pledge class will all be with you again. Goodbye to you my friend until were together again.

    In Hoc Paul (Bob) Bowles

  • robert erickson says:

    I was the bartender at The Tamarack. He was a very good friend and my dentist for a long time.

  • Jacqueline L. Brown says:

    To Nick’s current family – I am sorry for your loss. Nick was a PHS graduate in our class of l955. He was married to my best friend Deanie Harrison and they had twins who died shortly after birth – very sad indeed. They were divorced not long after that and each remarried. Again, I am shocked and saddened for his current family and again, so sorry for your loss. Jackie

  • Kimberly Carroll says:

    Nancy so very sorry for your loss. Nick was my mentor when I worked for him right out of OSU Dental Hygiene School. I have so many fond memories of him. I will always be thankful for his tutelage over my years of first working in the business May he be so happy in the afterlife with all his friends and pets❤️

  • Tom Williams says:

    Nick was a wonderful man. Here’s to Nick.

  • Buck Conard says:

    Nick always addressed me as “Oh Captain, My Captain” when we did exams. He was a great friend, confidant, and mentor. I hope to pass on those qualities as he did for me. His legacy will truly live on.

  • Lenny Weiss says:

    Nick was my friend and colleague. We drank together, laughed together, examined together, played together, and was a true friend Nancy as you know Nick and I had a wonderful time together and will always be missed. Nancy, stay well and let me know if there is anything that I can help you with


  • Tom Chrysler, Jr. says:

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  • Tom Chrysler, Jr. says:

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    Dr. Nick Huston – Remembrances –

    I met Dr.Huston at a regular dental appointment.
    At the time, I was not aware of the growing evidence that upper jaw dental nerves can become infected with a bacteria that can spread through the nerve from a loose filling to the section of the brain also associated with hearing and is suspected to be the cause of Tinnitus.
    When Dr. Huston alerted me to a slightly loose filling, he asked me if I wanted to allow it to become more loose before I replace it, or to have it done today.
    With my lack of knowledge of the health implications decided to postpone it.
    Now I have a case of tinnitus to deal with, but Nicks wisdom and patients will be missed.
    I will probably never again say : “Austin, I have a problem !!”
    Tom Chrysler, Jr.
    . . .

  • Sue Kirchner says:

    Many, many good memories with Nick through the years with NERB/CDCA and examining. Nancy, please know how much he will be missed. I had many extremely interesting conversations with Nick over the years, especially during the In Office/NERB Manikin Grading Sessions! Such a bright man. . . Stay well, Nancy.

  • Perry Sarle says:

    Nick will be missed by many. He was my mentor and save my parents had more influence on my life than anyone. He asked my parents if it would be okay to talk to me about being a dentist when I was about ten years old. I leaned on Nick for advice up to his passing. I owe Nick so much in dentistry and more in philosophy. His insights were amazing and he truly never met someone that wasn’t a friend. I will miss Nick. Thank you Nancy for taking such good care of Nick. Peace.

  • Doug Crim says:

    Another great one has left us here. Nick was a truly special human being. I always enjoyed our philosophical and business conversations and occasional rounds of golf. He was endlessly inquisitive and analytical, but, most of all, he genuinely cared for others. He gave my wife, Linda, her first hygiene job, and she worked with him for over three decades. Nick not only became Linda’s boss, but also her mentor and friend. He encouraged her to pursue her master’s degree and arranged her work schedule to accommodate her classes. She always appreciated the things he did for her and considered herself most fortunate to have worked with and known him. When Linda died last year, Nick was there for me, providing support and encouragement through my grief. He was a true friend to Linda, me and all he knew. Nancy, I hope the memories of all you shared with Nick and the time you spent together will sustain you.

  • Emil J. Marginean says:

    I was truly sorry to learn of Nick’s passing. He was very understanding and helpful, especially to my wife Carol and the girls.

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