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In Memoriam: Kris Nelson

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Kris Nelson

June 17, 2011

We are deeply saddened to report the loss of our dear colleague and friend Kris Nelson, who passed away in his sleep on the morning of Friday, June 17, 2011.

A native of Indianapolis, Kris came to the Twin Cities in 1975 for an internship with the City of Minneapolis, working to create live-work spaces for artists in the Warehouse District. He continued this work as founding director of Artspace Projects, a nonprofit developer of arts space, and later served as director of the Whittier Alliance neighborhood group, where he helped to pioneer many now-common neighborhood revitalization strategies. Kris came to CURA in 1993 to serve as director of neighborhood programs, where he worked tirelessly to ensure that faculty and students at the University of Minnesota and other Twin Cities colleges and universities responded to the research needs of neighborhoods, rather than merely using neighborhoods as research laboratories.

A memorial program for Kris will be held at the University of Minnesota on October 11, 2011, from 3–5 pm, with a reception to follow. Memorial gifts may be made to the Nelson Memorial Fund. Make checks payable to the University of Minnesota Foundation, with “Nelson Memorial Fund-2212” on the memo line. Mail to: CURA—Nelson Memorial Fund, 330 Humphrey School Bldg, 301—19th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55455.

Kris touched the lives of many people in the Twin Cities metro area, and he will be deeply missed.