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Nelson Mckenzie Bell ’32

Published in Sept. 8, 1999, issue

Nelson Bell died June 25, 1999, of stroke and heart problems, in Ormond Beach, Fla. He was 88 and had been in poor health for three months.

Nelson prepared at Rutherford [N.J.] H.S. He roomed with Jim McFarland, ran track and cross-country, and joined Charter Club. In 1948 he attended the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School. Nelson joined Sentry Insurance in 1937 and retired in 1975 as resident v.p. in Boston. He first retired to Cape Cod and then to Ormond Beach in 1977.

Nelson interrupted his career to join the Naval Reserve in 1942. He ended in 1945 as executive officer of the USS Natchez. He retired from the reserve as a commander.

Nelson was chairman of the Personnel Boards of Winchester, Mass., and Ormond Beach. He volunteered for 10 years with Florida Regional Library for the Blind, narrating books. He also was a tax counselor for the elderly for AARP.

In 1939 Nelson married Doris Null; they had three sons, who survive him: John, Thomas '67, and Robert. Doris died in 1967, and he married Geraldine Lawrence in 1969. She and her son Kit Lawrence '65 also survive him, as do seven grandchildren.

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