Kenneth R. Nelson


Pittsford NY:  Age 81, passed away on September 17th, 2016. He is survived by his wife Jackie, his son Timothy Nelson (Tara) and their children Elizabeth and Avery, his daughters Pamela Nelson and Sheryl Hamilton (Laurence) and their children Chelsea, Lindsey and Ethan. He is also survived by his step-daughters Kim Kummer (Scott) and their children Clayton, Nathan and Aaron; Amy Berg and her children Aiden and Kaelan; Wendy Emerling (Brian) and their children Samantha and Brianna.

Born in Bristol, CT to Harold and Bernice Nelson. Ken attended the University of Connecticut and graduated with honors and distinction; Phi Beta Kappa in 1956. He received his masters from Georgetown University, Thesis Defense passed with distinction in 1962. He completed his Ph.D. at the University of Virginia in 1966. His career as a professor of History spanned 45 years at the University of North Carolina, Eisenhower College and RIT.

Ken also served in the U.S. Army. He was a special agent with the Counterintelligence Corps and was honorably discharged with the rank of Sergeant.  An avid reader and seasoned traveler, Ken appreciated both the sights and sounds of the city and the beauty and wonder of nature. His greatest love was his family. He will be missed by all.

Friends and family are invited to attend a Memorial Service, followed by a reception, on October 9th at 3:00 p.m. at The Clubhouse at Durand Eastman Park Golf Course, 1200 Kings Highway North in Rochester.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Heritage Christian Services (

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