Catherine (nee Hinickle) Hayes Nissen of Middleton, Wis., a former resident of Evanston, died Jan. 3 at Clarebridge Assisted Living in Middleton. She was 86.
She was born Nov. 29, 1921, in Milwaukee
She married Keith J. Hayes in 1940 in Madison, Wis., where both graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1942. Mr. Hayes preceded his wife in death.
In 1951, she wrote The Ape in Our House, detailing the Hayes' work with the home-raised chimpanzee, Viki. Their groundbreaking research led to a better understanding of primate communication and human-language acquisition.
Following her marriage to Henry W. Nissen, Mrs. Nissen attended the University of Chicago Medical School. For nearly 30 years she was a medical writer and a clinical researcher at G.D. Searle & Co. Pharmaceuticals. Mr. Nissen also preceded his wife in death.
In her active retirement during the 1990s, she contributed greatly to the life and work of Reba Place Church in Evanston, where she was a member.
In addition to both spouses, she was preceded in death by a nephew.
Survivors include daughter Diana (Kermit) Hovey, three grandchildren, brother Fred and one niece.
Memorial services in Middleton, Wis., and Evanston are planned for the spring of 2008.
Memorial contributions may be made to HospiceCare Inc., 5395 E. Cheryl Parkway, Madison WI 53711.
Arrangements were handled by Gunderson West Funeral & Cremation Centers in Middleton, Wis.