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Kurt Nelson ’48

November 7, 2016, in Tigard, Oregon.

Born in Helsingborg, Sweden, to Harry and Anna Nelson, Kurt moved with his family to the United States when he was four months old and eventually settled in Portland. As a chemistry major at Reed, he wrote his thesis, “Preparation of Pure Silver for Atomic Weight Determinations,” with Prof. Arthur Scott [chemistry 1923–79] advising. During World War II he was decorated with the Bronze Star for his service in Europe. After the war, Kurt was a respected analytical chemist. His wife of 67 years, Sylvia Ruth LeValley, and children, Donald Nelson, Ann Olive, and Debra Sewell, survive him.

Appeared in Reed magazine: September 2017

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