CONTACT: STEVE PARROTT
101 Jessup Hall
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-0552; fax (319) 335-0558
Release: Dec. 13, 2001
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
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
"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."