Elizabeth Ridgely Nicholas was responsible for the creation of Douglass College at Rutgers University.
She was the daughter of Mary Lawlor and John Stuart Nicholas of New Brunswick, New Jersey. She served as first Registrar-Bursar of the New Jersey College for Women from 1918 to 1921. She was one of the pioneers responsible for the development of what is now known as Douglass College. She was the Dean of Students and was named an Honorary Member of the Douglass Class of 1924. Nicholas Residence Hall was built in 1960 and named for her.