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“I was one of Dr. Nelson's Organic students back in the 70's. I learned a great deal in his classes and enjoyed his stories. I will always remember...Read More »
1 of 5 | Posted by: Ronald Kozlowski - Hammond, IN

“I began teaching at Purdue Calumet the same fall as Nils began. We were good friends. He would laugh when I would talk in the Swedish lingo. He was...Read More »
2 of 5 | Posted by: Professsor Alan Carlson

“Our Deepest Sympathies to the Professor's family and friends.We spent many years attending to his needs. What a brilliant man! May he rest in Peace...Read More »
3 of 5 | Posted by: Diana Companion Care - Munster, IN

“Nils was a friend and a valued colleague at Purdue. ”
4 of 5 | Posted by: John Phillips - Hammond, IN

“Nils' devotion to Chemistry and his students and colleagues at PUC were much appreciated by all. ”
5 of 5 | Posted by: H. R. HEYDEGGER

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Dr. Nils Keith Nelson, son of the late Mildred Keith Nelson and Axel S. Nelson, passed away on Thursday, July 13 at the age of 90 at his home in Hammond, Indiana. Dr. Nelson was a professor of Chemistry at Purdue University Calumet for 29 years from 1962 until 1991. Upon his retirement, he was named Professor Emeritus of Chemistry. He loved being an educator.
Dr. Nelson was born and raised in Farmington, Missouri. He received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Missouri-Rolla, in 1946, a Master of Science in Chemical Engineering from University of Illinois, in 1947, and a Ph.D. in 1949. His studies took him to places around the country. One of his best memories was driving across the country with his cousin and close friend Frank Keith.
Dr. Nelson leaves family from Massachusetts, including his cousin Judith Keith and her husband Ray Spiecker; and cousins Jane Keith McKeon and Mary Keith Agnew. Dr. Nelson also had a cousin in Australia, Peder Kristensen, and a cousin, Hans Nilsson in Sweden. For the past few years, Dr. Nelson was cared for round-the-clock by the caring, compassionate, and capable team at Companion Care in Munster. They all treated Dr. Nelson as they would a beloved family member. A celebration of his life will be held for his family and close friends.