Professor Emeritus Passes
Always a gentle and soft-spoken man, Stuart
Lindberg Nelson Sr. had many passions, including his family,
his veterinary work and his faith. “My husband was a
very careful individual. He never swore or anything like that
and was very aware of his words,” said his wife, Helen
Marie Kurch. Dr. Nelson, of Columbia, died Monday, Dec. 3,
2007. He was 84.
He was born on May 23, 1923, in Solon,
Ohio, to Ogle Wyatt and Caroline Laverne (Jerome) Nelson.
He married his wife on December 16, 1943. They were two weeks
short of reaching their 64th wedding anniversary.
Dr. Nelson was a member of the U.S. Navy
during World War II. He was also very active in the veterinary
field and highly regarded by his colleagues. After graduating
from Ohio State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine
in 1952, he went on to earn his master’s degree and
doctorate in philosophy at Purdue University in 1959 and 1961.
A board-certified pathologist, Dr. Nelson also served as an
instructor of veterinary pathology at Purdue University and
became an ambulatory clinician.
As a working father, Dr. Nelson took his
son to work sometimes. But no one knew that Stuart Lindberg
Jr. would eventually follow in his father’s footsteps.
“Stuart (Jr.) would come home saying he heard daddy
talking to the farmers,” his wife said. “He listened
to his dad and never said much about being interested in the
field, but he later became a veterinarian.”
After three years of service at the Florida
Animal Diagnostic Laboratory as a veterinary pathologist,
Dr. Nelson became a professor at MU’s College of Veterinary
Medicine in 1965. He worked there until retirement, and then
became a professor emeritus in 1989.
Dr. Nelson was also a member of the American
Veterinary Medical Association, the Missouri Veterinary Medical
Association, the New York Academy of Sciences, Phi Zeta, Alpha
Psi and the National Honor Society. He held diplomat status
with the American College of Veterinary Pathologists. Dr.
Nelson became known for his contributions to the Veterinary
Medical Diagnostic Laboratory at MU. He was instrumental in
mentoring a new generation of veterinary pathologists.
He was also an active member of the Evangelical
Free Church, where he worked closely with the prison ministry.
Mr. Nelson read and taught the Bible to prisoners, and had
such an impact that one of those prisoners will be a pallbearer
at his funeral. “He was so loved by his family and was
such a wonderful example to all of us,” his wife said.
Dr. Nelson is survived by his wife; a son,
Stuart Nelson Jr.; and a daughter, Kimberly Nelson.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Evangelical
Free Church, 600 Silvey St. Funeral services will be held
at 2 p.m. Saturday at the church. Interment will follow at
Memorial Park Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be
made to the Gideons International Ministry, 1008 Hardin St.,
Columbia, MO 65203. Online tributes may be left at memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com.
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