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K. Douglas Nelson

K. Doug Nelson doing field work in Tibet


Earth and Environmental Sciences

K. Douglas Nelson, the Jessie Page Heroy Professor and chair of the Department of Earth Sciences in The College of Arts and Sciences, died Aug. 17, 2002. He was 49.

A graduate of Cornell University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering, and of the State University of New York at Albany, where he earned a Ph.D. in geology, Nelson began his career as an associate professor in the Department of Earth Sciences in 1992. He was appointed chair of the department last year after serving as interim chair since 2000. Prior to his appointment at SU, he was a senior research associate and graduate faculty member at Cornell University. During the course of his career, Nelson was the principal or co-principal investigator on more than $13 million in research grants. Read more in SU News.