Keith Alexander Nelson

Keith A. Nelson, Class of 1988


Keith Alexander Nelson of Montreal, Canada, passed away on Tuesday (Nov. 14, 1995) in Montreal at the age of 29. He was born in Montreal, Canada, May 19, 1966, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Nelson of Hartford, CT. He was a member of the Jehovah Witness, Saint Laurent Congregation of Montreal, Canada. Besides his parents he is survived by seven brothers, Hugh, Kenneth, Michael, Mboya, Daniel, Samuel, Matthew; two sisters, Ruth, and Gina; his grandparents, Gertrude Nelson, of Guyana, and Darcy Alexander Khan, of Windsor; several aunts; uncles; and cousins. Keith was a kind, helpful, caring and obedient son. His heart was full of love for Jehovah and his family. He will be missed by everyone.

Prior to his arrival at Dartmouth, Keith lived in Hartford, CT, where he was a 1984 graduate of Thomas Snell Weaver High School, participated on his school’s track and tennis teams, and received several awards in Mathematics and English. Keith was a shining light in the class of 1988 at Dartmouth College, remembered for his power and steadfastness both on and off the basketball court.

Bill Pike remembers:

I remember Keith from Freshman Fall, but this photo is not how I remember him at all as he was always smiling and laughing. That tie though? Yes, he was a snappy dresser, straight from the pages of Footloose. Keith Nelson was a quiet and confident presence in North Hall his Freshman year. Keith brought a sense of levity and joy to those around him while eschewing the ever present LL Bean duck boots that were de rigueur to his North Hall bunk mates. North was like a small fraternity of single rooms and Keith could always be counted on to lighten your doorway with his big smile and hearty laugh.

From Simon Cordery:

I remember Keith Nelson from my freshman hall. He was a kind soul. I have a distant memory that we had a freshman week outing to a professor’s house for a barbecue. We had an outdoor game and somehow he managed to get terrible poison ivy all over himself but he had a good laugh and attitude about it.

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