Donald Ray Nelson
January 21, 1937 - October 27, 2016
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After a courageous battle against cancer, Dr. Donald Ray Nelson, of Ruston, Louisiana went to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday, October 27, 2016. He was 79 years old. He left this world just as he lived surrounded by his family and comforted by hundreds of friends whose lives were touched by his…

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Nancy Brown left a message on November 7, 2016:
Such a nice man! Enjoyed working with Don on his family vacations! So sad to hear of his passing.
Donna Sutton left a message on November 7, 2016:
Dr. Nelson was my undergraduate advisor at Tech, and he believed in my abilities when nobody else did. He encouraged me to earn my master’s degree and doctorate, and to attend Tech Rome when I had never been on a plane before. We remained friends after my graduation, and he took the time to attend my wedding. I would not be the person that I am today if it weren’t for Dr. Nelson.
Elisabeth Cawthon left a message on October 31, 2016:
Our household loved Dr. Nelson. He was a gracious and talented scholar. He and my father are now in heaven, swapping stories about kinfolk and education.
Dr. James T. McCollum left a message on October 30, 2016:
I have many fond memories of Don, particularly in our many discussions at the “Fossils” coffee klatches, in the mornings at SAU. He had a wry sense of humor and an enduring love of people, especially of his students and colleagues. His support of and assistance to one of his colleagues, in the time of the latter’s serious illness, was strong testimony of his loving concern for people. I and many of the many folks whose lives he touched will miss him greatly!
Carolyn Talton left a message on October 30, 2016:
I loved Don Nelson. I enjoyed many years teaching with him in the College of Education at Louisiana Tech University. He was always friendly and charming. I know he will be missed greatly by his family.
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Raymond & Nadine Dees left a message on October 29, 2016:
Paige, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time of loss. We trust the Lord will give you strength and comfort throughout the upcoming days. Love you.
Roy McCoy left a message on October 28, 2016:
Dr. Don Nelson got me through college. He was my first adviser at Louisiana Tech. I have had a wonderful career in education, and I owe much gratitude to him for all that he did to help me. He always made helping students his highest priority. My condolences to his family upon the loss of a great professor and a great person.
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Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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