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By Rosemary Pollock

Long-time Salt Lake Community College President Jay L. Nelson Dies

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- Jay L. Nelson, 88, President of Salt Lake Community College from 1949-1978, died Tuesday at his Salt Lake City home. Nelson was an advocate for vocational training and was instrumental in the growth of the Salt Lake Area Vocational School becoming the Salt Lake Community College, now the fourth largest state-assisted college in the state. Honored at his retirement in 1978 for "unfaltering enthusiasm for quality, accountable and employable education," Nelson believed that applied technology in education was essential to keeping Utah in the mainstream of economic progress.

He wrote "The First Thirty Years," a book that detailed the history of Salt Lake Community College. Nelson was born in Brigham City and graduated from Brigham Young University. He did postgraduate work at BYU and the University of Southern California. He served as the fiscal director for the war production program during World War II. He was a lieutenant in the Army and a lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserve. Nelson was commended by former President Gerald Ford for "perseverance and the ability to adapt to change so as to meet the most current needs of students and of the business and industrial community."

Nelson was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served the community in many scouting, professional, civic, educational and arts organizations. He married Afton May Hansen on June 2, 1937 in the Salt Lake Temple. After her death in 1981, Nelson married Roslyn Peterson on January 1, 1983.


Ex-SLCC president J. Nelson dies at 88
Deseret News 27Jun01 P2

Jay L. Nelson
Salt Lake Tribune 27Jun01 P2

Former Utah College President Nelson Dies
Salt Lake Tribune 27Jun01 P2
By Ashley Estes


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