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Charles W. Nelson, PhD. dies at 92

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Charles W. Nelson, Ph.D., 92, a resident of Heartland Health Care Center, Moline, Ill., formerly of Dune Acres, died Wednesday, December 19, 2007 at the Center.

He was born Aug. 12, 1915 in Devils Lake, North Dakota the son of Henry Nels Nelson and Katherine Christine Scmitt - Nelson.

On Sept. 20, 1939 in Oregon, he married Dorothea Louise Davidson. She preceded him in death on Jan. 25, 2000.

Charles and Dorothea had three sons; Michael Davidson Nelson, William George Nelson and James Charles Nelson. Michael preceded his parent’s death. William Nelson lives in Rock Island, Ill., and James Nelson lives in Needham, Mass.

Charles served during WWII and obtained an honorable medical discharge after serving with the Army and the Air Force. He attended Linnfield College, University of Oregon and eventually obtained his Ph.D. in Industrial Psychology from the University of Chicago.

Charles worked as an industrial consultant for many companies including Jewel, United Airlines, Quaker Oats, Chicago Police Department, Lakeside Labs, and was the principal owner of Management Research Associates.

He eventually taught Sociology at Indiana State University where he continued to do research on organizational makeup, and processes for improving the internal operations of organizations. After retirement, he continued to do research at Indiana State University for several years before he was afflicted with Alzheimer’s and moved to Rock Island to be near his oldest surviving son.

Inurnment services for Dr. Nelson will be held at a later date in the Ocean View Cemetery, Astoria, Oregon. There will be no local services. Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, 3030 – 7th Ave., Rock Island will be assisting the family with arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 736 Federal Street, Davenport, IA 52803. Online condolences may be left for the family at


Posted 12/28/2007