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Release: Dec. 13, 2001

NOTE: Lensing Funeral Home is handling funeral arrangements for Dr. Richard P. Nelson. Visitation will be held at Lensing, 605 Kirkwood Ave. in Iowa City, from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16. The funeral service will be 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 17 at Zion Lutheran Church, 319 N. Johnson St. in Iowa City.

President Coleman expresses grief, offers condolences to Nelson family

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa President Mary Sue Coleman today expressed her grief over the death of Dr. Richard P. Nelson, executive dean of the UI College of Medicine, and offered her condolences to his family.

"We are devastated by the untimely death of Dr. Richard P. Nelson. Those of us who had the privilege to know Dick as a friend and as a colleague are grief-stricken that he will no longer be in our lives," Coleman said.

"Dick Nelson was unique. He embodied a rare combination of intellect, forthrightness, compassion, vision, and hard work. What his loss means to the University of Iowa, to the College of Medicine, and to all of us as individuals cannot be easily expressed. The fruits of his work will leave a long-standing legacy.

"Dick was an integral part of the academic community. He was an outstanding clinician, scholar, researcher, administrative leader, and advocate. He had devoted his life to the advancement of medicine and to improving the lives of children. Countless children with developmental disabilities lead better lives because of his efforts on their behalf.

"Our campus will never be the same with Dick's passing. However, Dick would want us to move forward. Let us continue our work as Dick did his: with dedication, energy, sensitivity, and good humor.

"Our thoughts and condolences go out to Dick's family. We share their grief. We will miss him very much."