Shock and absolute disbelief was our reaction when we read your email and then we both just sat there and cried. With a very sad heart we send your our deepest sympathy Pat, which comes from the bottom of our souls! It is just so unbelievably hard to grasp!
Like most people, we had no idea of Kris's illness and his brave fight! All we know is that he told us- when we visited your Ranch in July of 2006- that he seems to have something like a nervous leg syndrome and he will have to do something about it. Obviously he himself had no idea of the seriousness at that time.
Although we are so far away from oyou and have only met you a couple of times, we always felt we knew you two quite well through your Christmas letters and our first meeting! We have very fond memories from our first meeting, when we spent, in January 1997, one week with the two of you on the Nekton-Pilot Bahamas Dive Boat and enjoyed your company- above and under water- very much! We even remember some of the conversations we had with Kris at that time. You Pat had an important project going on and spent a lot of time on your computer after each dive, therefore we spent more time with Kris. And during our unannounced surprise visit to Cle Elum in 2006 (after our Alaska trip) you two were also most kind and gracious and showed us your estate, your home, and everything else at your Ranch. At that time you had just started with the construction of your new building and we saw the finished project shortly afterwards on your Christmas card.
Margita was also very grateful that Kris took the time and sent her a letter, convincing her to have this hole in the heart PFO operation, which he had undergone as well in this emergency operation, wince she was unsure if she should have it done or not. She went for it in November 2006 and it just might have prevented her from having potential future diving accidents.
We are so so sorry that we didn't have the opportunity to meet with you guys more often. You always said that you would call us during future Toronto visits, but it seems that you never made it to our city anymore, or maybe you did and we were out of town.
We know what a wonderful man Kris was....a warm, generous, kind, loving, extremely talented, very hard working "Genius" who loved, adored, and appreciated his equally wonderful wife Pat very much! We know what a great private and business relationship you shared! What a terrible loss for you, you must miss him beyond words! We can only imagine and believe us we really can! And although we know that you are a very strong woman, this seems so unfair and too much to ask that you now have to somehow manage without him! What a great idea that Kris is resting at the Ranch, it must be consoling for you Pat that you can visit him any time. He will give you the strength you need to go on without him.
We embrace you and send you and Kris our love.
I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. I know it is such a difficult thing to lose a loved one, particulary to cancer. I didn't know Kris well at all- in fact we just met once, but I am very glad I had the chance to meet him in person. He was an amazing man and from what I have heard from you and Jerry, a very dear soul. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I know you are surrounded by wonderful friends and family who will be there for you through this difficult time. Again, my thoughts are with you and I am sending you much love.
I am saddened to learn of your loss. My condolences to you and your family.
So very saddened to hear of Kris' passing and the fight fought so well in silence. I know in my heart he gained strength from you for the struggle, and I know you are hurting with this hole in your life. I only hope the love and concern that the thousands of us who love and respect you brings some measure of comfort though we have to share this energy from too great a distance. I wish there was something to be done to change this situation. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers through the coming days and weeks.
I wasn't aware of Kris's brave struggle, over a period of time with his illness. So when I received the news this week of his being taken from you, his family and friends, I was most shocked. I sincerely feel for you in this time of loss of your soul mate and partner in life. Both Kris and Roger (not that they had a say in it!!!) were too young to leave us, however here we are left to carry on. And carry on we will.
Roger and I were always so grateful for the kindness, generousity, and friendship you both gave us....so many memories of time, place, laughter, friendship, and experiences. I am thinking of you and I know first hand what you are going through.
Yvonne and I just learned last evening about Kris's passing. You, your family, and your colleague have our deepest sympathies and prayers. Kris was one of the giants of our profession who contributed both professionally and personally to make the world a better place. He will be missed.
I fondly remember the times we worked together in Melbourne during the City Link battles. I do hope that the memories you have from the many excellent times you shared will help sustain you through this very difficult time.
On behalf of the JSCE members, Mr. Ono the president would like to offer his deepest sympathies and condolences. We are deeply saddened by the unexpected passing of Dr. Nielsen. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
I knew Kris was battling cancer, but obviously his optimism was contagious, as I fully believed this would be a battle he'd win and we'd have the good fortune to see you guys back here at Stampede this year, and he would be coming on our fishing trip to Alaska next year! Holly and I were both sad and surprised to hear the news of his passing.
We have all lost a great man. An extremely knowledgeable, caring guy, who was a friend to all. We will miss him.
I am very sorry to hear of Kris's struggle with cancer. I feel honoured to have worked for Nielsen Wurster, participated in the 30 year celebrations of the firm, and shared a brief glimpse into the legacy of a great man. My thoughts are with you.
We are very sorry for your loss.
I was so incredibly sorry to hear about Kris. He never even hinted to me he was ill. What an amazing person.
Thank you for letting me know about Kris. Our paths crossed briefly as we both served on the board of Life Support. I was immediately impressed with his intelligence and kindness. I enjoyed my interactions with him and only wish I had had more opportunities to get to know him.
Let me express my deepest condolences and sadness for the loss of your husband Kris. I want to stress my admiration for the courageous way he withstood his illness during such a long ordeal. I got to know Kris more closely when we worked together in WFEO and UPADI towards implementing your leadership in the professional engineering community. I always remember his sportsmanship attitude even in difficult situations. He smiled. It was such a forgiving smile of his that I always remember Kris. With steadfast friendliness and profound sympathy.
Please accept my sincere condolences on the passing of your husband. I hope the memories of the time you shared together will help ease your pain.
I am really sorry about your husband. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
My sincerest condolences for your loss. Kris was a fine man and I enjoyed the time we worked together on CII. I know this time is very difficult for you, but remember he is in your heart and mind and that doesn't go away.
Please accept my deepest condolences at this difficult time. I remember the dinner the three of us had in Borough Market in London a few years ago and have happy memories of a thoroughly enjoyable evening in your and Kris's company. I only had the opportunity to meet Kris briefly, but even in that short time it was clear he exemplified the culture and approach of Henry Michel and the foundation he'd laid at Pegasus and Parsons Brinckerhoff.
I was saddened to hear this news. Kris was involved in so many activities and circles of friends, he will ve very much missed. And for you personally, I hope the months ahead are filled with supportive individuals. His work in my Pepperdine class last year is all the more remarkable in retrospect.
I am so sorry to learn about Kris. Your tribute to him was wonderful. It is truly amazing hw much he accomplished in life, and the grace with which he continued to live such an abundant and productive life, while suffering as he did these last years. He is truly an inspiration- and you are an inspiration in the sustaining support and love you gave him.
You and your Pegasus family did such a beautiful job honoring Kris' life- it was a monumental task and he certainly would have been touched and proud.
Receive my deep sorrow and condolences for the death of a great engineer and a wonderful man: Kris Nielsen, your loving husband.
It was a sad surprise for me to receive this notice and I am with you and Kris's family in this distressed moment.
The Pan American Academy of Engineering and our profession will miss his relevant participation in the engineering field.
I am so sorry to hear of your loss- my deep sympathies. Kris is well remembered for his friendly disposition and great profession contributions. I am sure you are continuing strongly in the joint efforts that your organization is founded on.
I am so sorry for your loss. Kris is an amazing man and I feel blessed to have had met him and have wonderful conversations with him about his life, accomplishments and most of all his respect and love for you! You love story is an inspiration! You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Although I have known you just a short while, I am deeply touched and grieved by your loss. Kris is a truly amazing man. He would have to be, to be yours, for you are an amazing person as well. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of loss.
Well it is with sadness that I write. Laura and I are so sorry that your wonderful love story didn't have a hundred more chapters. You both were blessed in knowing that the earth really rocked for the time you shared. That is a gift. I personally had little time with Kris. FOr some reason I felt we connected and we really talked.....so not a moment wasted. My regret is that I will have to wait until it is my time to finish our conversations, but I trust we will.
This past weekend was Spirit of the West Cowboy Gathering. Our lead act was Nashville was "Joey and Rory". The timing of the song "When I am Gone" was serendipitous and I wanted to share it with you.
I was very saddened to hear about your loss. I interacted with Kris very little, but he was an impressive man. I am even more impressed now that I know the efforts he made to defeat his disease.
I am so sorry to hear of your husband's passing away. The way he conducted himself with illness is indeed inspiring. My deepest sympathies to you and your family.
I am so sorry for your loss....what an amazing man! What a great partnership.
I'm so sorry to hear about Kris, and I can imagine how devastating it must be to lose him. I've been pleasantly recalling our times with Kris over the past couple years, and your recitation of this travails during that period makes our experiences all the more poignant. He (and you) were such wonderful hosts when we were in Cle Elum, and I recall very fondly our meals at Portals, Lentine's, Swiftwater, and the spectacular dinner at the pond at sunset. Kris was always a raconteur of the highest order- ordering wonderful wines, bantering with the owners, and generally entertaining us all. The breadth of his experience was remarkable, and his generousity was unparalleled.
I've also been recalling our trip to Edwardsport- again, with dinners in French Lick and Vincennes (the first decidedly better than the latter), the tree blocking the road (when Kris and I were all for driving around it, but the women prevailed), Kris' insight when touring the site, and his broad perspective on the entire project. A couple of memories about our time in Indianapolis also stand out. I think I now understand better why you stayed in Indy during the hearing when Kris had surgery in Seattle. I suspect he was pretty firm that you stay at the hearing and focus on the case rather than on him. He would always prioritize the work over himself. It's also memorable the way that he prepared and testified in the hearings despite his own health problems, always staying positive and focused. It was very impressive.
Kris was only a year older than me, so losing him reminds me of own mortality. We're not invulnerable, no matter how much we may think we are. Kris was one of a kind, and I could myself fortunate that I got to know him at least for a short time. He is a model for how we can all hope to end our lives- fighting to continue the vibrancy that was the hallmark for all his life. As I have told our daughter and now our grandkids, a life well lived is about creating lasting memories, not about the accumulation of transient things. You and Kris were masters at creating those memories that you will cherish forever.
Our thoughts will be with you during the difficult transition to your life without Kris after he has been so much a part of both your personal and professional lives.
Both Steve and I send our heartfelt sympathy to you during this very difficult time. Know that we will keep you and your family in our prayers. Kris was such an exceptional man and we always enjoyed his company whenever we saw him. Time and distance has kept us apart but we think of you often and have enjoyed hearing all the wonderful things you have accomplished. I know the next few months will be difficult. Stay strong and when things settle down I hope we get a chance to vist.
I'm very sorry for your loss, Pat. You and your family are in my thoughts.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to you at this difficult time. Thinking of you and your family.
I was really moved and saddened to hear that Kris had passed away. It is an understatement but a fact that we owe 'where we are' to his vision and drive. He made the organization possible and he made it possible to be a "Group." I will be eternally grateful to you both for that opportunity; he wil be deeply missed. On a personal note, I was immediately reminded of a photogrph Kris had on his desk at Cle Elum. He was dressed as an Eagle Scout and had the honor of attending an important State function. Seems Kris was doing great things early on. He took quite an interest that I also am an Eagle Scout. You have my deepest condolences.
I was shocked and saddened to hear about Kris. Please accept my sincere condolences. I didn't know Kris as a close friend or associate but I had the greatest respect for him and his career. It is such a sad ending to a great career and a relatively young man. He will be missed in the engineering profession. If you need any assistance with anything, please contact me.
I'm sorry to hear about your loss of Kris. You two did so much together in work and non-work activities. I must say that your Christmas letters just wore me out with all you two did the previous year. Bobbie and I keep busy, for us, but compared to your activities we seem like we just sit around and do nothing. I hope your work relieves some of the anxieties you are facing, but it will be a challenge. If anyone can push forward I know you can.
You have my heartfelt condolences. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to make your burden easier.
I am so, so sorry for your loss. What a story of great courage- Kris's courage and yours. My thoughts are with you.
I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. Kris sounds like the most extraordnary person and sounds like you had the most amazing time together partnering in so many arenas and enjoying such a rich personal life. All those rich memories to treasure over the coming months will help I know. Stay peaceful and breathe....remember all those good times.
Very sorry to hear about your loss. I always enjoyed talking with Kris, and asking him advice on my career. I recall talking with him about how he started up 5 companies during his career, and about his attending undergrad at my ivy league rival Princeton. You have my most sincere condolences.
I was very sad to hear about Kris' passing and your loss. In my few interactions with Kris it was abundantly clear both how much he loved you and how much both of you thrived through each other. Anyone who even knew him in passing could recognize that he lived life with a passion and as your note makes abundantly clear, he was a fighter through and through. He will be greatly missed.
So sorry to hear about Kris. Our thoughts are with you. Sounds like it has been an incredible journey together over the past 2-3 years.
I am so sorry. I can only begin to imagine the emotional pain you must be experiencing. It was a shock to me. I know how much he loved you, however, I could see it in his eyes every time he looked at you. He was so proud of you and so in love. While your time together was too short, do take comfort in that the time you did have was special and something few experience. You have many special memories to treasure, I am sure, and may they sustain you. I wish you all the best and must strength during this difficult time.
It was with great sadness that I heard of Kris' death from Bill Kerivan. We had a few moments to reminise, to admire all that Kris had done, and laughed at a few other things we also did. Such was his legacy. A mighty oak has fallen, and there are not too many more like him. He will be missed. Our prayers and thoughts are with you.
I am so sorry to hear of your tragic loss. Reading your email it is clear Kris was a fantastic gentleman. You were bestowed a great privilege in sharing and living you life with him- I'm sorry we didn't get to meet. What a role model for our profession and indeed for young people who desperately seek such figures in a world of ever shifting sands. Despite his passing at such a young age, he certainly packed a lot of living into his time on earth and made significant contribution to making the world a better place for all- a legacy that is set to endure.
No words of mine can ease the pain you are experiencing at this time, but I hope the many wonderful experiences you enjoyed with Kris will sustain you with warm and lasting memories- a body gone but a spirit that will always be at your side. Kind regards and God Bless.
We are heart broken to hear of the news. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Both of you have contributed so very much to our county and country, if only we could be blessed with more of your kind. Kris has touched all of us with an amazing legacy. May God Bless and wrap his arms around you through this time.
I am sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts will be with you.
I was so sad to hear about your loss. It is amazing to me that Kris did all he did even while he was sick. I never even had a hint of it. You were blessed to have him in your life and you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Jim and I were heartbroken when we received the news that Kris had passed and we wanted to send our deepest condolences and loving concern for you as you face this difficult time.
The last time we saw Kris he was just so positive and so vibrant and so clearly in love with life and with you that we just continued to hold out incredible hope for him to successfully battle this thing. We are thankful that his days were lived in the way he wanted, right up to the end. We will always remember him- and of course the two of you together- as an incredible energy for good.
We feel so privileged to have had the two of you come into our life experience and we want to be sure that you know how much that you two as a couple and as individuals have meant to us. We greatly value the time and experiences we shared with Kris and you, and we hope we can look forward to many more shared experiences with you as you move forward.
Hope you are coping as well as can be expected! I am here for you.
Hope you are doing well, all considered. I'm sorry to hear about Kris, I can't imagine how you must feel. Just wanted to send my condolences to you and your loved ones.
I am so sorry to hear about your husband, Kris. You've been blessed to have been loved by and shared your life with such an amazing man. You must miss him terribly. I know you are a very strong person, but still hope that you have all the support and love you need to help get you through this very difficult time. I wish you and your family the best.
I know you are receiving many emails but at the risk of adding to that I wanted to say that this email and your email from Sunday in of itself is a wonderful tribute to Kris. It really shows that although his life was cut short, he certainly lived it to the fullest and I am sure at the end he could say "I did it my way." There are not many people that have accomplished what he has in his lifetime and he will be missed by many. I still remember meeting you both in your office in NJ over 10 years ago and being impressed that there are these two people that are a couple that can work together to do so many amazing things and yet be so modest and down to earth. Whether working in a professional capacity or just having drinks Kris was always a pleasure to be around and had the charisma that made people want to be with him.
My deepest sympathies go out to you and your family. I only knew Kris for a short while, but my discussions with him on construction topics were always very engaging at the various functions I have attended at Unionville Ranch.
Bette and I are sending you the strength of a warrior. We will especially miss Kris' wonderful entrances into a room with a smile bigger than life and the best bear hugs of anyone.
What a simply amazing story....just like I remember him. So sorry to hear about Kris. Hope you are doing well, my condolences.
I am so sorry to hear this. I had no idea any of this was going on. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.
So sorry to hear about Kris, what a shock, as I had no idea his condition was such. I'm all the more thankful that you both made the time to meet for dinner recently, and I really appreciate that experience, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I remember Kris' cheery attitude and fun conversation at dinner- it's a real testament to his spirit and mentality to tackle that condition with such a positive attitude, and for others in his company to be completely unaware. My deepest sympathies.
There are so words I can say to you about Kris. I hope you know the high regard and respect I had for him, both personally and professionally.
Please accept my condolences and know that your message of celebrating Kris's life is touching many of us. We are thinking of you and your family and hope that the pain of the loss is diminished by the joy of the great memories and the spirit of the man. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
We are very saddened by you sudden loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Kris's innovative approach and contribution in the dispute resolution field is unparalled. We will all miss him!
I am very sorry to hear of your loss. Kris became a friend in just the few times I met him. It was nice of you both to come to South Dakota and it was fun to see you both again at ASCE. You are a great friend and I hope to see you again soon.
So sorry to hear about Kris. After Paula and I visited, we talked about what a great person Kris was. Smart, but a man with a sense of humor, full of life and seemed so happy. You two loved each other very much and I know you will miss him. I know you are busy, you are in my prayers.
My most sincere condolences and best wishes to you. You two hold a special spot in "my campfire stories" related to both the nature and extent of things. I have had the opportunity to dabble in during my professional career. Impossible for me to not include you two in the very long and extended chapter on my career detour into management audits and prudence reviews in the neclear power industry (by the way, most people think I am making that chapter up!!!) And every time I tell it, I get a big smile and have to chuckle for quite a while when I begin to regale with tales of our collective tromping through the countryside. He will be missed by many and for good reason.
I just wanted to let you know how sorry I was to hear about Kris. What a loss not only to you but to the entire profession. Having had the privilege of working with him, if only briefly, I know he will be sorely missed. Hearing about your travels from you and in the recent emails makes me realize what a wonderful life he enjoyed with you as the love of his life. He certainly lived every day to the fullest with someone to enjoy every moment with. What more can we ask for than a life well lived. Know that we're all thinking about you- and that on Sunday I'll lift a crown on the rocks (or my personal favorite a crown & mountain dew) to Kris. Virtual hugs.
I do hope that your memories of Kris will provide you strength to carry on your good work.
I am very sorry to learn of this. Words cannot express the pain you must be feeling.
So so sorry to hear about your husband. Although I only worked with Kris briefly he impressed me as a straight shooter and one of the good guys.
Please know that you are in our prayers. Don't hesitate to ask if there is anything I can do to help.
We are so sorry and very saddened to hear about the passing of Kris and hope that you can find comfort in all your great memeories together. It was just a few weeks ago that I began to have concerns about Kris as we had not made any recent plans for lunch.
I can certainly agree with you that Kris was a fighter when it came to many things including his cancer. We talked long and hard about his fight with cancer but always ended up talking more about our business experiences and what needed to change to make things better for all.
As always, if we can be of any help please let us know.
I am so very sorry for your loss- I cannot imagine how you are feeling. You have both been so strong and so positive through this whole ordeal and remained, as always, a perfect example of a united, loving couple. You have both been a strong influence in my life and the way I choose to live it. You are both part of so many treasured memories in the time I have known you both....so many opportunities to be part of something special. Kris has always been such an amazing person full of so much knowledge/experience/always giving/always making sure everyone takes something more away than when they came. Chris and I are truly full of sorrow at this news....our only comfort that Kris no longer has to suffer and can be at peace. Lots of love.
My boss died last night. I feel impotent and depressed. I love you both. I will do anything for you. Let me know.
Words cannot express my sorrow at hearing of Kris' passing. Know that I am thinking of you. The world is a lesser place...please let me know if there is anything I can do to help during this difficult time.
Beautifully said- a real credit to Kris (and you). Thank you.
I am so sorry abut your loss Pat. I will miss him dearly. I am always here. I cannot begin to imagine what you are going through at this intensely difficult time. May Kris's soul rest in peace. All my love.
I just wanted to tell you that I love you. I am so glad I got to see him two weeks ago. I am so so sorry. If there is anything I can do please call me. I am here for you. I love you so much and I just wanted you to know that. Love always.
Oh gosh, such sad news and a terrible loss to all. Simply stated, our lives have been greatly enriched from knowing Kris and his commitment to our community. He was such a gentleman and person of high integrity- a consummate professional and a wonderful human being!! We are thankful that we had the opportunity to get to know him and could count him as a friend. There are so many thoughts, reflections, and good memories about Kris, and about the bond and partnership you and Kris formed. As a friend and member of the Galloway-Nielsen Foundation, I am ready to work to bring his dream for the Foundation to fruition. We know you have a circle of friends and colleagues that can assist you, but please know that we are ready to help you as needed. Our thoughts are with you. With our love, respect, and appreciation of Kris's life.
Jimmy and I were so sorry to hear of the loss of my brother. Karen and I loved him so much. We are so proud of his accomplishments. We just actually saw a copy of the new book a month ago. He loved you so much and so apparent for all these 25 years how happy you made him. You had the rare opportunity to work as a team, being on the same wave length and accomplishing so much for all people. You both worked with such ease on the world stage and it was much admired. Keep it up! I am sorry Kris had to suffer with this awful disease, but sounds like a real trooper to do anything to be with you. I know you'll miss him so so many hundreds will. I know you took the best care of him and know you did everything you could.
The two of you have been amazing throughout. I am so very glad that you had the time that you did, and even celebrated Valentine's Day last week, but I am so very sorry for the loss that has followed. You remain in my thoughts and prayers.
Kris was an amazing man....generous, kind, funny, smart, I could go on and on. He certainly lived life to the fullest and he will be greatly missed by so many. Kris was inspiring in so many ways, but the one I think I will remember the most in your and his love Pat. Your love for each other and your relationship was so in-sync. I'm so very sorry for your loss Pat and family.
I am so sorry for Kris's passing and your loss. I regret not having the opportunity to get to know Kris better. I really enjoyed the time I did spend with him. If there is anything I can do for you please let me know.
We are so very sorry to hear that Kris has passed away. I can only imagine how devastating this is. We offer our heart-felt condolences.
I wish there was something I could say or do to make everything better for you. I am so deeply sorry for your loss of Kris, the love of your life.
Thank you for allowing me to come out to your home in Washington State to spend some time with you and Kris. It was a privilege to be with you both to try and help to make his final days a little better for you both. My only regret is that there wasn't more that I could do. We both hated to see struggle so hard to get well so that he could have more time with you. He tried so hard to fight the disease that had invaded his body; but as I told you when we spoke on the phone yesterday, his body could only take so much.
It was also an honor to once again witness the deep love you shared together. I always knew that Kris loved you immensely and the love you had for each other was so evident even in his final days. His life was all about you. He fought so hard to remain here on this earth only because of you. Every ounce of his energy went toward being able to spend time and be with you. It was obvious from the way that he would look at you how much he loved you and that he was his happiest when you were in the room with him.
Please try to take comfort knowing that even though you did not have enough time together, Kris is no longer suffering- he is at peace now- and his love will remain with you now and always, just as his love will continue to live on through you.
I love you and wish I could be there with you now to try to comfort you. Please let me know if there is anything I can do for you. My heart, thoughts, and prayers are with you during this extremely difficult time.
I heard the bad news. I am so sorry. It is hard to find words that to help you cope with this sadness. See you soon. Love you.
I'm so sorry for your loss. It came as a shock to me. I did not know Kris was sick. Kris was a great man and he will be remembered from the whole professional society for all of his contributions in the construction disputes and risk management. He was an innovator and a visionary man. For me personally, Kris has been always an example of how you can achieve what you want if you work hard....I know I wouldn't be here without Kris and you and I would never forget Kris. I will always remember his smile, enthusiasm and our discussions about wines and good food. Please let me know if I can be in any help to you in this difficult time.
I'm so sorry to hear about Kris. He was quite a man in so many respects and we will all miss him dearly. My thoughts and best wishes are with you and your family.
I am really disappointed to get the news on Kris's passing. He was a wonderful person. Also, he was my first client when the firm was called "Salibello & Company"! So our relationship goes back 35 years. We had some fun and I have great memories. I will pray for him and you.
This announcement was a shock to me, because I had no inkling that Kris was waging this terrible battle. I can only imagine the impact of his passing on you, and I send my prayers for your continuing strength as you deal with this. In the end all any of us have is what we leave for others; and by that measure Kris and the many persons and organizations who have benefitted from his extraordinary contributions to the world are richer indeed. I'm certain that you also take great comfort in knowing that both of you and Kris are the "Gold Standard" in your professional fields, and the bars that each of you have set will stand high for many years to come. I certainly hope that we can meet later and catch up on your spectacular career; but in the meantime, may you have comfort and peace in knowing that Kris left with a "job well done".
So sorry to hear that Kris is gone. He chaired a "custom" arbitration panel for me back in 1988. In that matter I always knew that Kris was fully comprehending the facts. I knew he understood the parties' positions and the legal arguments we all were making. Glad to hear that you will be carrying on the work of Pegasus-Global.
What a beautiful description and tribute. He was fortunate to be so well loved by you, and you by him. Best wishes during this hard time.
I was saddened to hear about Kris. My sympathies and condolences. I wish that you find the necessary strength and peace to make it through this difficult period.
I am quite saddened by the news of Kris' passing. Please accept my deepest condolences. Kris will be missed and will always remain in my memories with regard and gratitude.
I am so sorry for your loss, and please know you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Mis mas sentidas condolencias por la sencible perdida de su valiosos esposo PE Kris Nielsen. En paz descansen sus restos.
Peace, grace, strength, and blessings!
Even though you, Kris and I really only met once, here at Straus, I feel I know you both. Your writing about Kris and your life together fashion a wonderful tapestry of him as a man of vision, energy, commitment, humor and compassion. I wish I had had the privilege of knowing him better. We are all saddened by Kris's passing and extend our deep personal condolences to you as you mourn his loss in this dimension and acquaint yourself with him in another dimension. I have a compelling picture of you on "the bench," sharing your decisions, your accomplishments and your relationships with Kris going forward.
Wow! Thank you for sharing....what a journey you have been on. I wish I were closer to be able to give you a big hug. You be in our thoughts and prayers. Love and hugs.
So sorry to get the news. What a tribute the below is to a remarkable person, what a legacy in many ways. Debra and I will certainly be thinking of you and all our friends and associates who will miss Kris.
Thank you for the detailed message. So sorry for the loss/our less! Have been thinking back to law school days with Kris since hearing the news. Kris was indeed special and certainly had a fuller and more meaningful life than many far older. Among many memories is he covering for me in some large lecture section when I was clerking at a local D.C. Law firm and I for him when he was off with Mr. Tower & Co.! I distinctly remember one think, I think in Property Law, when I responded to his name to answer some question amid the chuckles of those around me! Fortunatly, the Prof didn't pick up on anything! Whew! Take care!
I have received the sad news about Kris. I am sure that it is a deep loss for you, his friends, as well as for the entire construction related communities. It is true that I never met him in person, as I still never did meet with you, but his kind co-signature with you on your recent book was a very kind gesture that indicated his genuine traits. To this end, I am positive that all his great deeds to people and the profession will make him surrounded by God's blessings and mercy. I trust you will be strong enough to continue your positive impact in this world to make him happy. Dina and I will surely remember him and yourself in our prayers.
I just heard about the loss of Kris and wanted to extend my consolations to you and your extended family. I read your memorial and I was quite moved by it. While I never met Kris, he sounded like quite a man and somebody I would have enjoyed knowing.
Just heard about your loss. Jean and I send our condolences and want you to know that you are in our thoughts.
I was terribly sad to hear of the passing of Kris. He was certainly a great person.
My heartfelt thoughts go out to you. Kris was a unique individual who touched many people's lives and will be dearly missed.
Please accept our deepest sympathy and condolences. We share your grief in this difficult time and our hearts are with you in this time of sorrow. Kris was a remarkable man, and he made a difference in the lives of many people. This planet will not be the same without Kris.
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I am so saddened to hear about the demise of Dr. Nielsen. I have learned so much from Kris and yourself at Nielsen-Wurster and I will always be grateful for that. I often remember the fond memories of your flying adventures and the North Pole travels. May Lord bless his soul and rest in peace our dear friend, Dr. Nielsen!
This was a very sad but also wonderful note for me to read, though I don't really know you and Kris at all. Your love and admiration for Kris and both of your messages of hope come through very loudly. Please accept my deepest sympathies on Kris' passing.
Very sorry to hear of Kris's passing. Please accept my condolences.
My wife and myself send our most sincere condolences for the irreparable loss of your husband.
I am so sorry to hear about Kris and your loss. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Tracy and I are sad to hear of Kris's passing. Your note paints a picture of a unique and inspiring man. In my interactions with Kris I sensed his strong intellect, sharp wit and uplifting outlook. Thank you for sharing this inspiring summary of his life and death. Each of us who read this account will reflect on our own lives and relationships, remember Kris's love of life and focus on contribution, and admire your remarkable strength and support; I know that I will. We look forward to reading your book, and to the good that will flow from it. Your and Kris are in our thoughts and prayers.
Our condolences to you and your family too. All the Engineers from UPADI are a big family too and we join in your sadness.
I did not know of Kris's three year battle. My condolences to you and family on his passing. It is a loss to all of us. I just celebrated the graduation of a son from Pepperdine earlier this year. It is a special place. I will look forward to continuing our friendship and professional association.
Needless to say, and as you anticipated, I was shocked to read your email. Kris was one of those rare people who lived life to its fullest. Reading your email I found myself smiling instead of wiping a tear because while the story of the last few years was a sad story, it was also a story of triumph of spirit and strength and I could imagine in my mind's eye Kris relishing each victory as he cheated this insidious disease. As you of all people know, I have enjoyed knowing Kris over the many years and I will miss him. May your spirit continue as strong as it is and may you continue to find strength in remembering what a wonderful gift you and Kris shared. Many would give up years for a week of what you two shared. You will be in my thoughts.
Nancy and I send our deepest condolences. I didn't know Kris was ill. We are truly sorry and will miss him very much.
My deepest sympathy and my thanks to you for including me among the recipients of your beautiful story of Dr. Nielsen - your love shines through every word. Please count me among your many, many friends who will hold you in their thoughts and prayers.
With heartfelt thoughts and deepest sympathy and with our prayer and good thoughts for you at this difficult time.
We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your husband. Please know that we are thinking of you and your family and we're praying for peace and comfort.
I am so sorry - you are in my thoughts and prayers.
I'm wishing you the comfort of loving memories and the feeling that you'll always be connected to one so close to your heart.
I am deeply sorry to hear about the death of Kris. May your heart and soul find peace and comfort.
We were so sorry to hear of Kris's passing. Please know - you are in our thoughts and prayers.
I am so very sorry to learn of Kris's passing. Please know that my thoughts are with you during this difficult time.
This is horrible news. I know how much you and Kris meant to each other. You had a very special relationship. You made each other better. I had the pleasure to see this up close and personal. Kris was a unique "professional." He will be missed by many, but no one more than you.
I was so sorry to open my email this morning and learn that Kris had passed. Please accept my sincere condolences for your loss. I am inspired by his battle with cancer and admire his desire to "not be counted out" when he was diagnosed.
I learned so much while working for you and Kris and he will always have a special place in my heart and memories.
My thoughts and prayers and that of my family are with you as you deal with your loss.
I am so extremely sorry to hear about Dr. Kris. I heard it from Dr. Jay Lin yesterday. I can't feel how you feel at this time. Dr. Kris was a wonderful person. I just first met him in 2009 during SSMS. Since then, he helped my study a lot and encouraged me more than any person. I was always grateful to meet such a good person like Dr. Kris. I will never forget about him. I wanted to extend my deepest sympathies for you. I know you are a very strong woman which I really admire. I hope that strength serves you now in time of need.
We were so sorry to hear about Kris. He was an amazing man, very talented and totally devoted to you!
Please know that our thoughts are with you at this most difficult time.
It is with great sorrow that we have heard the sad news of the untimely passing of Dr. Kris R. Nielsen.
We are certain that his passing is a great loss to you and your family.
On behalf of Kochi University of Technology, I tender deepest sympathy and condolences to you.
May his soul rest in peace.
On behalf of the Executive Board, office staff, and members of the DRB Foundation, we offer you our condolences at this difficult time.
Thank you for sharing. Our hearts, prayers, and sympathy go out to you and yours.
I'm so sorry to hear of your loss of Kris. You have written such a moving tribute and I'm glad to hear so much of what must have been "a bucket list", which I'm sure brought him much joy to have celebrated with you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Thinking of you and hoping that the love you carry in your heart will give you comfort and strength.
This is a remarkable, and very sad, story. You are absolutely right that nobody would have any idea that Kris had been struggling over the past few years. It is apparent that he- along with you- lived life to the fullest. Please accept my condolences during what I know is a painful and difficult time. All the best.
Kris was a wonderful inspiration to Kim, and a person we were thrilled to know had Kim "under his wing." May he rest in peace.
My deepest sympathy to you and Kris' family. He was an amazing man and will be missed by many.
I did not know of Kris' condition or I would have made a better effort to reconnect. Lame excuse, but I will de better staying with touch with you and Jack. I did send Kris and you an email when I heard of his Opal award- but did not hear back so it likely was lost in hyper space.
Kris knew when to mean business but was also jsut a fun guy to be around. I'll never forget that train ride in Colorado- Kris took that guy to task! We did have a lot of laughs together. That is what I remember of the 'ol NWG days!
So sorry to hear about Kris. Hope you are doing well.
What an inspiring story! Kris will be missed by so many. Thanks much for letting me know.
You'll keep him alive. Through writing, through memory, through actions large and small. But I know tough days are ahead. There's no easy way through grief. We'll keep you in our thoughts. And we'll keep Kris there too. I can see him laughing, clearly. Plotting an adventure. Pondering a problem. That mind working on five things at once. And you with him always, on the fun. XXOO
We are so sorry to hear about your loss of Kris. He was a wonderful person and will truly be missed by all who knew him. Upon hearing the news, we were so saddened, and want you to know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Kris was such a strong man and loved you and the Ranch so much. He will always be remembered enjoying the beautiful outdoors with you and your many animals. Seeing you and him in the truck heading out to the pond with Rings and Bindy on board is a favorite memory. Kris was an exceptionally special person.
We can imagine that there is a great void to be filled by Kris' passing, but know that you are fortunate to have family and many friends that will be with you through this difficult time. May you find happiness and comfort in the many memories you share of Kris.
May God bless and comfort you and your family. Please know that you are in our thoughts and if there is anything we can do, please do not hesitate to call.
I am so deeply sorry for your loss. Your husband was an extraordinary person to have fought so fiercely, bravely, and proud. Most would not. Bless him and bless you for your most difficult mutual battle.
I am so saddened but so honored to have interacted with Kris- and thanks so much for sharing this highly personal tribute.
I don't know why it is always so hard to start a letter such as this when it is you that is in the most difficult point of one's life. Let me start by giving you my sincere love, support, and prayers. I have only known you in short exchanges in the past four years, but have always felt blessed to have had those exchanges and walked away from them fulfilled. You and Kris were both amazing individuals and clearly had a special friendship and partnership. I am so very sorry to hear all that you have been going through, but admire you and your darling Kris for all that you have experienced and yet you both forged on. You, unlike most, found growth and reverence from it. Your strength and fortitude in all that you have been through is again a tribute to who you are and who Kris was. Thank you for including me and entrusting me with this sad news. I send my warmest condolences and thoughts to you.
Respectfully, with love.
To a wonderful gentleman - may the light of God shine on you today.
May you be comforted by the memories and love that will continue with you forever.
Please accept my sincere condolences over the passing of your husband, Dr. Kris R. Nielsen. We are so shocked to hear the news and have no idea what to say. You must be experiencing painful feelings now.
As his demise is a great loss to all who pursue the same goal with him to make the world a better place. It is also a great loss to our academic society. I am sure that many of us will follow in his footsteps. May his soul rest in peace.
It was with great sadness that we read your loving and obviously painful message about Kris. He was a truly extraordinary human being, so curious, so sharp, and so full of life. We remember his humor and his remarkable dedication to everything he undertook. We can only imagine how devastating this is for you, but knowing that he loved you dearly and has trusted you to carry on the many wonderful projects he initiated will help to sustain you through this most terrible time. You are in our thoughts and prayers but we know you will endure because you have a very special angel on your shoulder.
Last week Mark told me of his passing and obituary is in the most recent ENR also. So sorry for your loss.
I don't pretend to understand your grief and depth of loss. I recognize from your tribute to Kris that you loved and respected him deeply. He was quite a human being. My condolences.
Laura and I are saddened hearing this news. Kris was a real trooper and it's obvious that your love kept him engaged in enjoying the time he had left. As Laura and I are both cancer survivors so far, we understand what a rollercoaster ride you have been on, and how hard it is on a mate. Trite though it sounds, we are sincere in saying that if there is any way we can give you comfort, let us know.
I was very saddened to hear of Kris' passing. We only met a few times but I recall that I came away from those conversations with a positive energy and new perspectives. I know you will find amazing ways to carry on the spirit and soul of this lovely man. My thoughts are with you.
Your email allowed me to share in your loss and anguish, and for that I am very grateful.
I also wish you condolences and strength and comfort in the coming days and weeks and months. It will be difficult, but your friends (and Kris's friends) will always be there for you.
Peggy and I want to convey our condolences on Kris's passing and wish you well. I did not get to know Kris well until we both served on the CERF Board in the late 90's. I found that he was a very resourceful and intelligent man. It is a shame that he has been taken so soon. Our thoughts and good wishes are with you.
We think of you both every day and hope you are doing well. I am so sad about the death of Kris. Although we did not know him well I know he was one in a million and feel honored to have known him. With sympathy.
Words are inadequate to express our condolences to you at this time. It was a shock to get the news of Kris' passing. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you. Be strong.
I'm sorry for the loss of Kris.
Love never dies, not even in death! Take care. Live well, love much and laugh often.
I am so terribly sorry to hear of Kris's passing. My heart goes out to you at this difficult time. I just wish there was something I could say to make this better, but I know words are just not enough. I hope it is some comfort to know that all of your friends are thinking about you and wishing you the best.
Thinking of you. I'm sorry for your loss. I hope to see you soon.
My thoughts are with you in your loss.
We are so sorry to hear about the loss of your beloved Kris. Please accept our condolences, know too, that with the Lord's Grace, only the good memories will replace the sadness. Take care of yourself.
I am very sorry to know that Kris passed away. I hope that God gives you peace and strength to accept and support this enormous probation. On the other hand, I must say that I have enjoyed to know that Kris, counting with your support, up to his last moment has kept his joy of leaving, travelling, and working as ever. I also can see that you have plans to continue working and pursuing the common targets that you and Kris have created, both in professional and social aspects. God bless you.
Hoping you find comfort in the warmth of family and friends.
My heart breaks for you at the loss of Kris. I know he was the love of your life and best friend.
Thank you so much for walking the path of disease with him and getting him home to pass in peace and in your loving presence. What a gift.
I know from Claudio the very sad news about Kris' final struggle/first and foremost I would like to express my deepest sympathy for your heavy loss. Kris is one of the brightest persons I have ever met in my entire life; the opportunity of sharing moments and occasions with him and you has been a real privilege.
At times like this words cannot express one's real feelings and emotions, but I want to extend to you my sincere friendship and support.
Even though you have to say goodbye for now - your love will never really end. So sorry for your loss.
I was so sorry to hear the news about Kris. He really was a bright, hard-working, fun person and a true Renaissance Man. He certainly made enormous contributions to CI, ASCE, and the profession, and we will all miss him terribly.
I have always enjoyed talking with the two of you, including in Montreal, where I really had no idea that he was ill, which of course is another testament to his strength and character. The two of you made a great couple, always working hard and having fun, and I know that his legacy will live on with your continued success and living life to the fullest. My sincere condolences to you.
Our deepest sympathy. Please do not hesitate to call on me for any assistance.
Please accept my deepest sympathy and sincere condolences on Kris' passing. With best personal wishes.
May you find comfort in knowing that your loved one will always have a place in the hearts of many who care.
I'm so sorry to hear this sad news. I had so hoped that Kris had recovered and was encouraged by your holiday wishes the last two years. What an amazing story of his courage and commitment while fighting cancer. You have been very brave. Thank you for letting all your friends know so soon.
I was sorry to learn the news about Kris. He certainly fought a courageous battle and had an amazing and dynamic life and personality. I hope you find strength and support in many fond memories of your worldwide exploits together.
I hope you are able to feel all the love and compassion coming your way during this difficult time. It was especially good for me to read about your journey with Kris today because I found out that a dear friend has advanced stage cancer today. I am pleased to report that one of the things she is doing right now is planning a trip to Paris. Thank you for modeling a life affirming way of living with cancer.
I wish to share with you the following in hopes that it will give you comfort and assurance knowing that God's infinite blessings will continue to be with you for the remainder of your beautiful and purposeful life: "In life what sometimes appears to be an end is really a new beginning... each hour a new strength... each day new hope."
I am really sorry about Kris. Last October we had a great time to drink white wines after signing your beautiful books. Wherever we met, we have enjoyable meetings. He is gentle, handsome, and happiest man in the world. He will be in Heaven. He will discuss good things with angels and god. He always is in my heart. All the best.
Words cannot begin to express my sorrow. My deepest sympathy to you in your loss. My family and I pray that each day is a little brighter for you.
So sad to hear this news! Last I spoke to Kris was just before you did the north west passage and the fire was in the valley! I was on the way to MT that week and called out of concern for you all! I feel for you! It is so hard to love deeply as we do and then have to let go! You are in my thoughts and prayers!
We were shocked to learn of the sad news and we regret that we could not attend the ceremony. From the bottom of our hearts we pray that Dr. Kris's soul may rest in peace.
I hope that your many fond and joyful memories of your life and Kris are a source of strength and healing to you.
I am so sorry for your loss. There is no need to apologize when doing the perfect thing at the right. I'm sure many of the others who also received this thoughtful, beautiful, loviing email from you of Kris's passing feel the same. We honor you as we have honored him.
Wishing you God's blessings in all that you continue to do, for Kris, and all of us....
I have thought of you so often since you just wrote about Kris. Although I am sure those email messsages were painful to write, they were the most loving and honest tributes to Kris and to the life you had together.
Please accept my apology for not joining you and your friends at Kris's memorial service. I am sure you made it a very special day for everyone.
I hope each day brings you more peace and comfort. You have my admiration for how you are handling this greatest difficulty. My condolences and best wishes to you.
Pat, Lori and my thoughts are with you. Kris was an incredible man and was brave all the way till the end. Lori and I are in New Zealand for a month and will be back after the 6th of March. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Thinking of you at this difficult time and sharing in your loss. Kris was a lot of fun to be around and I know he will be missed by many.
Remembering one who has a special place in the hearts of so many and keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.
My deepest sympathies. Kris was an extraordinary individual and one whom none of us who had the privilege of working with him will ever forget. I'm so sorry to hear the news of him passing.
The Priests of the Sacred Heart at Sacred Heart Monastery in Hales Corners, Wisconsin will include a Memorial Rememberance in their daily Masses and Prayers as long as the Grace of God is needed.
With deepest sympathy at this time of sorrow.
Please accept my belated condolences. I just found out and your email in February was forwarded to me. While it has not been several months I know that you think about him daily and recall the wonderful and special times. My mom died 40 years ago and there isn't a day that I don't still miss her. I wish you strength. I know there isn't anything I can say but I still wanted to let you know that I wish you heartfelt sympathy.
I was stunned and distressed to learn of Kris' passing. While we were never very close, I always enjoyed my time with Kris especially the Presidential trip to eastern Europe in 2002. He took such joy in the sights and always had his camera at the ready. Kris was such an upbeat individual, full of life and great ideas. Moreover, he was a Princeton Tiger seemingly so invicible. I recall speaking with you and Kris after he suffered a mild stroke some years ago and he was so positive about life and the future. I know the last several years have been so difficult, but you always carry the memories of Kris and his joie de vivre. And so too will those of us that knew Kris. My deepest sympathies at your loss and, indeed, the loss for so many of us.
I am deeply saddened to learn that Dr. Kris Nielsen passed away on February 16. The world of international construction has lost an important supporter, adviser and friend.
Everyone in Taisei Corporation who know of the good work of Dr. Nielsen shall miss his wise counsel.
I offer my deepest condolences to you and wish you to know we share with you a profound sense of loss.
I offer my heartfelt sympathy. I dreaded opening your email when I saw the subject. Kris was a fabulous character, a great enthusiast, and wise beyond his qualifications and extensive experience. We will all share your loss. Thank you for the beautiful tributes you have made to Kris.
How inspiring! I never had the privilege of meeting Kris, but your message gives me some idea of what a loss this is to the world, as well as to you. You have my deepest sympathy- and my encouragement for all you plan to do.
We share in your grief, still the memories of Kris help us know his life is one to be celebrated and treasured forever. Please remember we are here for you.
I am so sorry to hear this news. I had no idea he was battling cancer. Please accept my deepest condolences. Dr. Nielsen was a great man and was very influential on my life, even though I only met him once. I immediately gravitated towards him and felt we had a strong connection. I feel extremely privileged to have known him and spent some time with him. Both you and he were instrumental in my current pursuit of my PhD, and I know he would be proud of that.
Thanks also for your beautifully written email. I feel like I know him even better. What an ispiration! I am also so glad that you were there for him. I can't think of a better person to be at his side throughout all of this.
My prayers and thoughts will be with you during this difficult time. I can't imagine what you are going through. If there is anything I can do for you, please do not hesitate to ask. You have both been an inspiration to me, and I would be honored to help out in any way possible. I am so sorry for your loss, Dr. Galloway. My deepest sympathies to you.
Kris's greatest gift was making others happy. Your are blessed to have had him in your life for so long and nothing I can say can make you feel better. The heart remembers most what it loved best. May your memories comfort you and bring you peace.
Laurie forwarded to me your February 17 email on the passing of your husband, Kris. Please accept my deepest condolences to you and your family at this difficult time.
As I read through your email, it was interesting to me to note what a remarkable person Kris was and how he faced his illness with great courage, fighting very hard against a terrible disease. I would definitely be interested in reading the book you are preparing about his experience with cancer.
While words of consolation are of little comfort to you, I hope that your many fond and joyful memories of your life with Kris are a source of strength and healing to you.
I am so very sorry for your loss. Kris was truly an inspiration and lived life to the fullest. The love you shared with Kris will never be replaced, but I know you have wonderful memories together. Please let me know if you need anything.
What terrible news. My sincerest condolences to you in particular and to the many others in the Pegasus Global "family" who will also feel Kris's loss so very deeply.
Your email message and the attached tribute are a fitting testament to the strong and loving bond that you shared with Kris and to his tenacity and his high standing in the construction industry.
It was a pleasure to have known Kris and I'm sorry to hear that he has passed away after so valiantly trying to beat the "little beggars".
Wishing you all the best iin the difficult time that you must now endure as you come to grips with Kris no longer being there- at least not in person. I'm sure though that you will continue to feel that special closeness in other ways. Warmest regards and best wishes.
We will miss Kris dearly and celebrate his life and memories for many years to come.
So very sorry to hear of your loss.
I just wanted to send my most heart felt condolences! If there is anything I can do please let me know. I am so sorry. You will be in my thoughts and prayers!
We are so sad to hear of Kris's death. What a wonderful way to honor him.
Kris was very special as you know. He made this world a better place for sure. Let me know if you need anything Pat. All the best my friend!
So saddened to hear about Kris. Please know my thoughts are with you.
My dear Pat, I am so terribly saddened by this news. My heart is with you, as is Laura's who as you may not know is defying the odds as well. But she is amazing, and like Kris, is fighting on with a very positive outlook.
Pat, I am thinking of you and if there is anything we can do over here in Australia, please, just let me know. Kris was a truly amazing person. You have been so lucky to have shared so many years with him. With all our love.
I am truly sorry and saddened to hear of Kris's passing. You two were a fabulous team! Not many people can truly share their lives the way you two did. I know the loss I felt when Tony died. Even though we weren't married any longer he was still my best friend and the father of my children. I miss him.
Kris will always be with you in your heart and in your memories. You are in my prayers. God be with you in these sorrowful times.
Oh my god Pat we are so sorry. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
We are shocked to hear that Dr. Kris is no more. We cannot believe this. How could this happen? We did not see any illness on his face in October. He had the same glow and charm on his face that we have been seeing on him since we met in Kochi.
Maybe the god also wanted good people and he took Kris away from us.
We express heartfelt condolences on the sudden demise of Dr. Kris and pray for his peaceful landing of soul to the heaven. We cannot imagine the sadness you must be feeling. May God give you the courage to overcome the grief and to fulfill Dr. Kris' will.
Demise of Dr. Kris is a great loss not only to the developed world but also to the developing world. We rarely find such person who is always willing to contribute to others. Actually, I found Kris always helped others including me. I have the uncountable memories of the time that we spect together. He always encouraged me to use the knowledge for the betterment of the developing world. We will find Dr. Kris's thought and will always with us in our daily and professional life. I will continued to be involved in the Kris-Pat foundation activities to promote Kris's thought and will. We will be missing Dr. Kris always.
Throughout this difficult time know the deep sympathy and concern that are felt for you and all your family.
Your emails allowed me to share in your loss and anguish, and for that I am very grateful.
I also wish you condolences and strength in the coming days and weeks and months. It will be difficult, but your friends (and Kris's friends) will always be there for you.
Thinking about you and I hope you are healing with the help of your friends and family. I have been a widow and can honestly say that there are no words to really help - it's time to get used to your life as it is. You are an amazingly strong lady but please take "time" to go through the grieving process.
So sorry to hear about Kris. I had no idea. Thank you for letting me know. Kind regards.
I offer my condolences and truly wish that I could be at the memorial service on March 9. I wish you nothing but the best and I look forward to seeing you soon. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Pat, I'm so sorry to hear about Kris. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you! If there is any assistance I can provide now or in the future, please don't hesitate to let me know. With the deepest sympathy.
May it comfort you to remember that the gifts your loved one brought into the world will never be lost.
I am very sad to hear of your loss.
I'm so sorry for your loss. Please know that I am sending, for both you and Kris, my deepest thoughts and prayers. May peace be with you.
I keep thinking of all we have done together... and smile!
Sally and I are sad to hear that Kris passed away. When we lost our son last May, the messages we received from friends, including your, was a source of great comfort. I hope this short note conveys our love and respect for you and brings comfort by knowing that we are thinking of you. While I only met Kris at NSB events, I grew to appreciate how important he was to your career and your life. We pray that you will be able to continue your good work in his memory. We will remember Kris in our prayers.
As I told you on the phone, Susan and I are thinking of you at this difficult time. Kris was a star, and will be remembered always.
Best wishes for you through this difficult period.
So sorry to hear about Kris's passing. He was such a great guy. We'll miss him a lot.
I'm so sorry. I guess we knew this time would come, but it's very sad nonetheless. I was glad to have met Kris and I know how close you were.
Please let me know if there's anything I can do to help you as you move on from this loss.
We can't even begin to express our sympathy. The two of you have always been such an inspiration to me. It was always so clear how much you adored one another. I always admired that - it is a rare gift. You two were lucky to have experienced that. Cherish your memories. We are thinking of you. All the best.
My deepest heartfelt condolences to you. We saw each other in Montreal this past October and Kris looked great. I had no idea about his illness. One fact that I will always remember about Kris is that he was born in Hartford, CT (my home state). Needless to say, a great man who led an extraordinary life. I wish I could attend the memorial service. If there is anything I can do for you, please do not hesitate to contact me.
I can't imagine what you are going through. May you find peace.
I am so sorry. Please know I will keep you in my thoughts are prayers. He was very brave and a true maverick. He adored you.
So sorry to hear the sad news. It's a terrible tragedy to pass away at such a young age, especially to lose someone like Kris. Carol and I send our love and prayers with the knowledge that mourning a loss like this will take many months or years. Time is a great healer and if there's anything we can do along the way, just let us know.
A difficult time - please accept my deepest condolences.
May the peace which come from the memories shared comfort you now and in the days ahead. My prayers and thoughts will always be with you.
Pat, I am so sorry for your loss. Even though I did not know Kris well, I was so impressed with him, and could tell that he lived life to the fullest. My thoughts are with you and your friends. Thanks for letting me know.
My deepest sympathy at this difficult time.
So sorry to hear about Kris. My heartfelt condolences to you in this sad time. I will follow up later but just wanted you to know how saddened I was to hear the news.
What a loss - our thoughts and prayers are with you.
It was with sorrow that I learned of Cookie's death and I write on behalf of the University to offer heartfelt condolences. Kris R. Nielsen '67 upheld throughout his life Princeton's finest traditions, and our community has been as sadly diminished by his loss as it was enriched by his participation in it. Knowing the high quality of his character as we did, we have partial means of sensing the grief you must feel. You may be sure that he will long be affectionately remembered here at Old Nassau.
To you and your family, I extend my deepest sympathy.
I am so very sorry for your loss. I always enjoyed my chats with him. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Susan and I are so sad and shocked. From our times together in the last few years in Hawaii and Santa Barbara etc. we have come to know both of you so well, and admire both of you so much.
I won't belabor this as I know you are being inundated with love and responses, and we will talk soon. Our kids and grandkids are visiting here in Florida and when we looked so sad as we read your e-mail together, they asked what the matter was, we said that a good friend who we admired immensely had died. They wanted to know what he was like and we could only think of one thing instantly: "he was bigger than life". And, that captures it- just as your e-mail tonight does and the book will. A life "well-lived" and a legacy for a long time to come. Our love, thoughts, and prayers are with you Pat, our friend. Please stay strong.
Please accept my condolences for your loss. While I didn't know Kris, I know he meant a lot to you and my thoughts are with you at this time. Wishing you well.
We hope that all of the wonderful stories about Kris that family and friends shared with you on Saturday when added to the special memories of Kris that you already have, will bring you comfort, smiles, and peace during this difficult time.
You had the blessing of being married to an extraordinary guy. Wow!
Know that you have been and will continue to be in our prayers. Don't hesitate to let us know if there is anything we can do to help you.
Kris touched so many lives and will be missed by so many friends and family.
The memorial was moving and inspirational. You did a great job. It meant a lot to both of us to be there and be a part of "the last ride." My biggest regret, especially after hearing all of the great stories about him, is not having been able to spend more time enjoying Kris.
You were so obviously the love of Kris's life. Many people walk through their entire life without having someone love them like that. You two will forever be the "dynamic duo," as Kris's spirit continues to be a part of you.
My deepest sympathies. I really enjoyed working with Kris on testimony for KCPL. He was a great teammate and was always a pleasure to be around. A class act in every aspect of his life. Thanks for sharing the information on his courageous fight against cancer. You and Kris will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Thanks for having Sue call us last night. Cree also called. Tho we expected it, Darlene and I were still in tears all evening. It just don't seem possible. We are in Sedona, planning on returned to Seattle this Thursday, unless there is something I can do to help, in which event we would return immediately. I would love to talk to you, but don't want to impose. Let me know when you are up to talking.
It was a shock to learn of Kris's passing due to cancer. He contributed so much, accomplished so much, and made such a difference. He will long be remembered for who he was and all the good he did. My deepest sympathy is with you.
Lori and I were terribly saddened to get your email this afternoon- the world lost a truly wonderful man with his passing. Kris was a great friend and mentor to me. I can't begin to explain how much I enjoyed our "talks" about so many things- he had that special ability to open up your mind through simple conversation. I'm going to really miss him.
Lori and I were sharing some stories of you and Kris with our son after we received your email, and had particular fun telling him about how Kris teased Lori about getting you and her to pose for Olivia! I think Kris could have talked her into it!
Our thoughts and prayers are with you Pat, and please know that we are here for you with anything you may need.
With our warmest regards and love.
We will always have fond memories of the time spent with you and Kris.
Heard from Jerry Rogers over the weekend and saw the piece for Kris in EWR. Our prayers and deepest sympathy for you and your family.
I'm so sorry. Let me know how I can help.
I was so sorry to hear that Kris had passed away. I had worked with Kris for years, but it wasn't until a year and a half ago when a wonderful dinner together in Atlanta allowed me to truly connect with him. I will remember our time together fondly, please accept my sincere condolences.
You are in our thoughts and our prayers. This note from the heart is a moving and appropriate farewell to Kris. It was a special pleasure to get to know him and you. He was a memorable guy, and thus will be well remembered. With sadness for your loss.
The memories you and Kris have are unbelievable. The pictures from places around the world are priceless. Last year on your Anniversary, you celebrated 25 amazing years together by renewing your vows. I hope on this Anniversary you can just sit back and smile, enjoying all the beautiful, loving memories you and Kris have. You two had a love that was immeasurable, a respect for one another that was immense, you were lovers and best friends, you were in each other's souls. That, as Rod Stewart sings, is something you can always hold onto!
I am so sorry to hear this news! Kris was an amazing person, made more amazing by you as his wife and partner! I will always remember those May evenings on the balcony of the State Department with you and Kris. Indeed, special times, and he touched many lives. God bless you and Kris!
I am very sad to hear this news. Since our meetings in Geneva many years ago, we had no direct contact any more, but I admired from the distance the different turns the life of both of you took. These turn all appeared creative and full of the hunger for life which I saw in Kris and you. I will remember him as the joyful, warm-hearted man, open to new ideas but with a sound sense of realism.
I am so very, very saddened to hear this news. You have my deepest sympathies at what I am sure is very difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you both, and I am so glad to have had the opportunity and the pleasure to have worked with Kris and myself.
Thinking of you, feeling for you... May this little pine remind you to live and even grow a little each year.
We are deeply sorry for your loss.
Pat I am so very sorry, you had a wonderful love of life with a fantastic human being. Please accept our deepest sympathies. Kris will truly be missed. Everyone who met him was touched in a very special way. Please let us know if there is anything we can do for you. You will be in our thoughts and prayers. All our love.
Chris and I send our thoughts and prayers.
I am so sorry about your loss. My prayers are with you.
My thoughts are with you- and I will have a quiet prayer today for you both. Thanks so much for the email- and thanks to you both for sharing some of your life with me.
Lori and I wanted to express our condolences and let you know that our thoughts and prayers are with you. We thoroughly enjoyed the celebration of Kris's life last Saturday and felt honored to be able to say a few words about you and Kris to the group. As time marches on we look forward to spending some time with you, enjoying some great wine and many laughs.
Pat- I know you're awfully busy so I'll make this short. I would just like to say that I felt privileged to be part of Kris's life, especially recently. Both of you showed so much strength and poise over the last few months. Years really.
When Sue called last night to tell me that Kris had passed I had just returned from shooting the Spirit of the West show and thinking of you guys as I did so, I'll admit. The snow was flying and the wind was racing, and it felt to me like a storm blew in and carried Kris soul off in a grand and wonderful manner. The way he would have liked to go, riding a storm. Bless him, he rode hard, and may God bless you at this time, you have your storm to ride.
Keeping you close in my heart and thoughts at this painful time. So glad to have you in my life.
My thoughts are with you- and I have a quiet prayer today for you both. Thank you to you both for sharing some of your life with me.
So sad to hear the news, I had no idea that you and Kris were struggling with cancer. I lost my younger brother Max to a brain tumor 48 years ago, my father and mentor 30 years ago to colon cancer, my mother one of the most positive and compassionate people I have ever known contracted colon cancer 15 years ago was diagnosed stage 4 with 6 months to live, survived 5 years and clear, and passed away in her sleep from an aortic aneurism with Grecia and I visited at Christmas with my two oldest sons in 2000. I can't imagine what it must have been like to lose a best friend, a partner, and a spouse. Grecia and I share our deepest sympathy for you.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family through this heartbreaking time. There's nothing we can say that will ease your pain but we wanted to let you know we are thinking of you. Our deepest condolences.
We are shocked and saddened to learn of the death of Kris. It was just a short time ago that you and Kris graciously hosted us and the DRBF people at your home in Seattle. We very much enjoyed that evening and the spectacular views of the harbor. I hope you are loaded with work to do because that is one way to absorb your attention and make time go by a little easier. Dottie and I are thinking of you; and our thoughts and prayers are with you.
We really loved Kris, and I can't believe we won't be seeing him again. All our love.
I was pleased to get your note of congratulations but also embarrassed. My reason: I had failed to follow through on my determination to send you condolences. I realize that words cannot replace the loss; but I wanted you to know that you are on my mind.
I'm so sorry. If there is anything we can do, don't hesitate to call on us.
What a beautiful tribute for such an amazing man Pat. I am so sorry for your loss. The way you write about him shows the depth of the relationship you share. This must have been so difficult for you. Sending prayers of strength your way. All the very best.
I am so sorry to hear of Kris's passing. Though I knew both of you for only a short time during your work in London, I was very impressed by Kris's can-do attitude and larger than life character. At a time like this, there is little other than words that anyone can offer. I hope that my wordsof fond memories give you some small measure of comfort at a very bleak time.
I wanted to send my condolences to you. I don't think I ever met Kris and having known about him and now reading more about him, I wish I had. I hope you are doing as well as can be expected and I wish you the best.
Shocked and sad- my thoughts and prayers are with you.
Please accept my deepest sympathies. I am shocked by Kris's death. He was a young man in years and outlook. I enjoyed knowing him over the years.
This is so shocking. When Scott let me know, I hadn't seen your initial message. After the initial disbelief I told him, that at least of all people Kris seemed to be one that totally lived life to the fullest. My thinking was that while it was definitely a life cut too short, that at least he didn't seem to waste any time and had had the opportunity for many wonderful adventures. Your message seemed to expand on exactly what I was thinking.
You two made such a perfect partnership.....that was evident when we first met you in Cozumel....remember both us ladies had taken our men on our frequent flyer miles :) I remember that Kris just got a big kick out of that. You two continued on to create a wonderful life together. Bottom line, this just sucks and I don't know what else to say. Make sure you take care of yourself, and hopefully we see you soon.
Oh Pat, I am so sorry. I loved your husband so. Not only was he full of life, he was full of kindness. When I first met him ages ago, it was at a big meeting and I knew no one. He just adopted me and introduced me to all. Never did I feel so safe and so appreciated.
As a once time widow myself, I know all too well the painful time you are entering. My arms are around you.
Yes, we are in shock, this message comes so totally unexpected and our hearts go out to you, dear friend, as we unite with you in sorrow over the loss of your dearest husband and most precious person in this world. Berndt sends his love. He is grieving with you and says under tears that he feels he has lost a soul-brother. We have not seen you lately and had no idea about Kris' struggle with cancer but you are part of our life since we met in Cle Elum and we have very wonderful memories. With your friendship, generousity, hospitality, very special, outstanding lives and activities you have enriched, amazed, touched, accepted, included, and loved us. We can say without a doubt, that we have never met anybody in the whole wide world who has lived so to the fullest, working, teaching, writing, speaking, planning, promoting, doing everything possible to make this world a better place. We are honored to know you and Kris and we cherish his memory deeply carrying his love in our hearts. We have many memories and not to overwhelm you now, we will share them later.
I was so sorry to get your e-mail. It came as a shock. Leslie and my sympathy goes out to you and your family. He was a great professional, father, and husband. He will be missed. Please treasure all those great times you had together. Time does heal.
We are so sorry to hear of Kris' passing. You had a special relationship that was evident by all of those you knew you. We were glad that Kris had an opportunity to start and work with you foundation. There is so much need in this world, even in our own country. It will take strong compassionate people to get us on the right path. You will always have the best of memories. Be sure and take care of yourself in this time of sorrow.
You are in my thoughts and prayers. The battle against cancer is seldom won. Kris surely fought it a good fight. With you at his side.
You have been, and will continue to be, in our thoughts. Please know that you can call on us for absolutely anything- stall mucking, horse feeding, car parking, or if you just need someone to share a glass of wine and story or two at midnight. We will miss Kris.
What terrible and shocking news! I hope that you are holding up okay. I know what a difference that Kris made in all of our lives, but especially yours. He will truly be missed.
Thank you for the beautifully written and touching email. Please accept my condolences and best wishes for you and your loved ones.
Oh, my heart is breaking for you. I'm so sorry and I know this is a difficult time. I also know you have lots of caring folks around you, so let them embrace and support you as you deal with this enormous loss. My prayers are with you.
Thank you for the tribute to and the great story about Kris' struggles and how well he handled them. As you mentioned and he wished, I had no idea he was dealing with cancer. I'm thankful that it appears he passed with a minimum of suffering. His life was so well lived and his contributions to our profession will go on for years. I pray for comfort for ou in this time of loss. Best regards.
I deeply regret the passing of your husband.
I think I may know how you were feeling right now- living life to the full until the very end, and keeping the cancer diagnosis very private were also part of the way Wal and I dealt with our own situation. So, my thoughts and love are with you at this time. "My heart goes out to you" may be a cliche but it truly expresses how I am feeling.
Because you and Kris lived so actively and effectively, I expect that, with his passing you will be inundated by messages and tributes. So I will keep mine short and wrie again when it is quieter. Meanwhile I send deep sympathy for your loss and great joy that you werew such a wonderful partnership.
We are so very, very sorry for your loss of Kris to the world. In the brief period we have known the two of you, we learned you were certainly the best paired people we have ever met- a real team in all aspects of your lives. Our hearts go out to you and wish we could hold you tight. Walk in beauty.
Thank you for including me in the distribution list regarding the passing of your husband and friend, Kris. What a wonderful tribute to his life. While I am sure you will miss him terribly, you will still have so much to give and have a rich and rewarding life ahead of you. My deepest condolences.
I'm very sorry to hear about the passing of Kris. He was a great guy. He had the intelligence, kindness, and generousity that all real men envy. I have so many great memories of him at the ranch, the rodeos in Ellensburg and the fishing in Alaska. I know you will carry on successfully with Pegasus, the ranch, and the Foundation. Sincerely all the best.
I'm so sorry in many ways to hear your terrible news. Most of all I am sorry for the loss you must feel. I am also sorry that I never met Kris as I heard so much about him and he sounded like a person that loved life and people who would have been great to just hang out with and talk about everything and anything.
Take care and I hope to see you soon.
Receive my deep sorrow and condolences for the death of a great engineer and a wonderful man: Kris Nielsen, your loving husband.
It was a sad surprise for me to receive this notice and I am with you and Kris's family in this distressed moment.
The Pan American Academy of Engineering and our profession will miss his relevant participation in the engineering field.
I cannot express the depth of my sadness to learn of the untimely passing of such a great man and a wonderful friend. Kris was a very special person to many people, and he will truly be missed.
I never thought that this day would come- if anyone could beat that horrible disease, it was Kris Nielsen. I hoped above all hope that he would beat it. I was sure that he could defy all odds, and that he would continue living his life to the fullest until the doctors could find a miracle.
This I know for sure- I am blessed to have known Kris, and you may never fully know the influence that he has had on the people that he touched during his life. The world is a better place because of Kris.
Peace to you and yours Pat.
Pat: I am so sorry for the loss of Kris. What a fight he has fought through this ordeal. He was most fortunate to have you there; this could not have been easy, although the two of you have been quite an amazing world wide travel journey the last few years. I look forward to reading the book. All the best to you.
Patricia, I'm so sorry to hear about Kris. I have very fond memories of both of you and our interactions over the years. He was a fine man.
Words cannot express my sympathy over this loss for you, for his family and friends and for the world. We are all reeling from this, so thanks for the time you spent explaining it all.
Having just met him last year, I feel so lucky to have had dinner with you and Kris and the construction people in NYC last May at that AAA conference- my sides were hurting for days afterwards. I thought you two must surely have dropped right out of a movie script or a novel or something- not real life. Real life does not produce people like you and Kris and also let them find each other on this planet.
I felt lucky to see and hear a couple who got so much out of life. I find I refer to some escapade of yours frequently because there were so many and they sounded so delightful. We were all living vicariously through you two but did not know the load you were carrying. I still don't know how you did it. None of us do.
I hope you and the family are doing ok or will be soon. I know you are probably supporting all of them. Please let me know if we or I can do anything for you. I look forward to seeing you or talking to you soon.
Thank you Dr. Galloway....a great tribute.
Oh Pat, Mike and I are saddened to hear that Kris passed away. What an amazing man....an amazing couple! I know there are NO words to comfort you at this time but we do want you to know that you are in our hearts and in our prayers. Thank you for the loving and informative email you sent us about Kris's last days, your love for each other and your plans, it must have been a very hard email to write. Love you!
Please accept my deep sympathies for your loss! I had no idea that Kris was sick. I cannot think of another couple who shared so much of their lives together, and I hope that the happy memory of those shared experiences will give you the strength in the months and years to come.
Yes, we will definitely move forward with growing the dream. We can and will do this! I look forward to supporting you in the effort and working with you and John as the Board focuses on Kris's legacy and advances the potential of the Foundation. I have always been fond of the "Code of the West" and will now think of Kris every time I read it. He asked no more and gave no less than honesty, courage, loyalty, generousity, and fairness!
Oh my god Pat we are so sorry. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of your husband, Kris, and wanted to express my sincere sympathy to you and your family. I recognize that words, however kind, cannot mend your heartache, but those who know you and both, care and share your loss, wish you comfort and peace of mind. May you find strength in the love of family and comfort in the warm embrace of friends. Please know that we will keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.
I am so very sorry for the lose of Kris. Please accept my most sincere prayers and condolences.
You have my heartfelt sympathy on the loss of Kris. Kris was an unusual man. I always thought he was an intellectual giant, with a myriad of interests. You were such an outstanding couple. The facts about his illness that you recounted in your E-mail attest to his character and courage. Thank you for relating all this to us. Louise and I send our very best wishes to you.
Our hearts and prayers are with you. What a long journey and with such strength, we had no idea. Certainly a wonderful and very impactful life. Stay in touch.
My deepest sympathy in Kris's passing. I know you two were extremely close and a grand couple. I knew more of Kris than him personally; his reputation preceded him. Please trust that you are in my thoughts and prayers.
So very sorry to hear about Kris's passing. It sounds like you both went through an emotional roller coaster ride, yet he lived life to the full. And what a life and what a career, he was a very fine man. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
I just learned of Kris' passing. What a surprise! I recall that he was with you in Montreal and fondly recall our time together on the Zachry case.
I am so so so sad to hear of Kris' passing - your email brought tears to my eyes and I send to you my heartfelt condolences for your loss. It sounds as though you were able to spend some wonderful last memories last moments with Kris, and I always thought you two were such a lovely, strong, and connected couple when I first met you and Kris five years ago. John Butler, Bryan Branon (in NY now) and I all send you our support- please know we are all grieved to hear of Kris' passing. We will all miss his generous smile and that twinkle in his eyes. Warm regards.
I was shocked and saddened to the loss of our friend and colleague Kris. He was a leading professional and a respectful figure in the engineering and construction industry. Please accept my sincere condolences. I am glad he has you standing by his side during his 2-1/2 years battle. I am sure this had a positive impact on him. I hope you the best and I pray to God to give you the strength to go through this tragedy.
Barb and I are greatly saddened to hear this news. Kris certainly lived life to the fullest and left nothing on the table. We will miss him and fondly remember him for his wit, sense of humor, stories, and experiences. Our lives are richer for having known him and you both together. Our thoughts are with you and we are here for you if there is anything we can do to help. Best wishes.
I have no real words to comfort you, other than, we loved Kris and we love you. Kevin and I are so thankful to have the both of you in our lives. We hope it comforts you now as you remember how rich and full Kris' life was and that he drew his strength and inspiration from you to accomplish so much of what you both did together. All of us who knew Kris, knew him as your partner in this life. I honestly never thought of you so much as individuals, but as a vibrant and loving couple. Kris lives on in our hearts and we know that- his spirit will live within you from this day forward- and may that thought give you comfort, strength, and energy at this time.
I am so sorry for your loss and I am saddened to know that you've lost your husband, best friend, and soul mate. Please, if there is anything that we can do for you, please let me know.
Pat, Natale shared your very sad news with me today. I am so very sorry! You will remain in my thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. May God bless you and keep you and make his face to shine upon. Condolences.
The Pan American Federation of Engineering Societies- UPADI sends its most sincere condolences for the loss of your husband.
Barbara and I were saddened to hear of Kris' passing. You have certainly had your trials over hte past several years, but I know that you and Kris enjoyed many happy times and trips together while going through it all. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and hope to see you soon.
We regret to learn of your great loss. May the good Lord watch over thee and keep thee!!
Please receive our deepest sympathy feelings. We had the great opportunity to share several meetings with Kris, a wonderful human being. With our best regards.
It is with great sadness that I read your email. My thoughts are with you at this very difficult time. The memory of Ros' passing is still fresh in my own mind. I regard it as a privilege to have known and worked with Kris. His intelligence, good humor, and abiding interest in the good things in life, marked him as an exceptional person who enriched the lives of those with whom he came into contact. What a tragedy that he has been taken from us so prematurely. With very best wishes for you at this time.
I received the very sad news below about the death of fellow board member Patricia Galloway's husband Kris Nielsen on Saturday. In exchange with her she agreed it would be nice for me to share this with you. You will find her eulogy moving and Kris's professional tribute quite powerful. I think few of you had an opportunity to have much time with him at any of our events. That is too bad, as he was a lovely person. You will note that Pat has requested no flowers or other remembrances other than consideration of support for their foundation that is doing work that Kris was, and Pat is, committed to do.
Pat, as I said to you in my note Sunday, your email was one I had hoped would not be coming. I know our staff and board share in the sadness of this loss while being filled with admiration for his contributions to his profession and the community.
My sincere condolences on your great loss. Words are so inadequate in these sad circumstances. My very best to you.
Patricia, our thoughts are with you. My wife, Suzanne, and I read your story below and are inspired by the love, strength, and spirit the two of you shared. The life imprint that you and your husband have placed on the world is a beautiful legacy that will make the world a better place. God Bless.
It is with great sadness that I learned today that Kris passed away. It is a loss shared by many, as Kris was an extraordinary person. Brought to mind is the advertisement featuring "the most interesting man in the world". I believe that description could be of Kris who enjoyed so many different things and was passionate about you in particular, people, travel, his profession, wine, story telling, the outdoors, getting things done....the list is very long, his impact significant, his accomplishments many. I will miss him and he leaves a considerable absence.
I just read your eamil and am saddened to learn about Kris. He was and always will be remembered as a fun-loving and charismatic friend. He could bring a smile to our faces even in times of stress or serious talks. In essence, he could always read the room and bring a little levity in the moment.
I am very, very sorry to hear the sad news about your husband. My thoughts are with you. Although we did not know each other well, I always greatly admired you.
I'm so sorry! Gary told me kris was not doing well, and I thought of that as I pressed "send" on the K-1 email. I figured I'd send you a personal note, but you got to me first. Your message shows that Kris accomplished more and had more fun in the last three years than most people have in a lifetime. Lynn and I send our best wishes, and our thoughts are with you.
I am somewhat at a loss of words (rare for me, as you know). I am saddened to learn about Kris' death. My wife and I will add you to our prayers.
You are a very strong and remarkable woman and I know that you may try to "push through" by yourself. Please resist the temptation to do so and remember that there are many people who have known you and Kris for a long time who would like to help you at this time. I am certainly one of those people. Please let me know if there is anything that I can do to help you.
I am so sorry. It was truly an honor to meet and get to know you both.
I am so sorry to learn about the loss of your husband. I want you to know that my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
I am shocked to hear it. Several meetings with Kris and you in Fairbanks and Anchorage years ago left a deep mark in my heart of a good looking, soft spoken and extremely bright and friendly gentleman. A real gentleman how I understand it. Sorry we will never meet him again.
I am so sorry to hear this news. I don't think I had the opportunity to meet Kris, and it sounds like my loss. It also sounds like Kris had a life well lived. I'll be thinking of you in my prayers over the coming weeks.
Oh, Pat, I am so, so sorry. And so grateful that you two made some time to see me last week. I think that was not easy to fit in and much appreciate you sharing with me. It was good to see Kris moving around, and I did hope he would continue to regain strength. I won't call you just yet. I didn't feel like talking to people for a while at first last week when I lost Smokey, but I want you to know I care for you and know how much you have lost. You two were so close and had the kind of relationship I think most of us wish we had. You two are some of my most admired people.
We just heard about the news of Kris's passing. It is tragic news and we just wanted you to know that you are in our thoughts. Please let us know if there is anything we can do.
Although I haven't seen you and Kris in years, I have kept track of you through my partner, Albee Bates. I know how much you and Kris were not only in business, but also very much in love. My heart and prayers go out to know. I have had my own "run ins" with cancer- chemo and radiation for a year along with several hospitalizations- so I know first-hand what you went through. From your email, it is evident that you and Kris dealt with the situations with understanding and grace. My sympathies and best wishes for you- Remember: you have to now think about and focus on yourself.
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Kris. My heart aches for you and everyone close to him. He has left a profound mark on all of us who knew him because of his courage, strength, and love. I continue to pray for both of you moving forward; please know that Edie and I are always here for you.
I am at a complete loss for words as I cannot imagine your pain. It was a rare thing and pure joy to see a couple so in love after 26 years of living and working side by side. It was crystal clear to us all that Kris was your business partner, your lover, your best friend and soul mate, and he will be forever. Lucky are those who have had a love like that.
For the rest of us who got to be a part of it, it was a privilege to know Kris and be his friend. His light will live on in those of us he touched. I can't stop seeing his big grin and hearing his laugh while he's wearing his fringe jacket, and it makes me smile.
Please let me know if I can be helpful during this time- anything from a phone call to talk to anything financial related that I might be able to help you sort through. I know you are in great hands with Brenda and team.
Jay and I are sending you our love and hugs, and of course we will be at the Memorial to honor Kris and his amazing life.
I am sorry for your sake that Dr. Nielsen died. I met him in Houston the year you gave the Ethics Breakfast talk at OTC. We will keep him in our prayers. If I can help in any way, pleast let me know.
I know you are really busy right now handling arrangements and keeping everyone informed, but I just want you to know how sorry we are to hear about Kris. We did not realize that his health had failed so much recently.
We loved Kris very much and have always cherished our friendship with you guys. Just wanted you to know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.
I preserve the images of our dinner in Montreal. Your email opened on the heels of an update from my wife who is escorting her brother around Luxor on this item of his bucket list (stage 4 lung cancer). My heart goes out to you. You have both been enjoyably irreverent friends. Keep on your path. It will soon intersect with mine. With a warm hug.
I am so sad that you have suffered this terrible loss. Kris was an amazing good man, and it was a privilege to have met him and shared some time with both of you.
I was extremely sad and quite distraught to get your unbelievable news about Kris. He was a gentlemen and beloved by his clients and the legal and construction professions. It is ironic that this news reaches me on the 16th anniversary of losing my beautiful wife Barbara. It will take a very long time for the numbness to slowly grow into some sort of understanding. It will never grow into acceptance or any sense that Kris- or his loss- is not with you. At least you had all those wonderful years together. You two were a force of nature. My prayers and best wishes to you and your family during this difficult time. All of your and Kris's friends are suffering with you. Call anytime.
When I opened my email, I immediately saw the one from you about Kris. Even before I opened it, I suspected that the news was not good. Obviously my thoughts have been with you since that morning. More specifically, my thoughts are of the great times that I had with the two of you.
While I did not have the opportunity to interact professionally with Kris, I am familiar with his work.
Professionally, I think of the various projects on which he worked. My experience is that few engineers have the ability to envision projects in the way that he did (and you probably have that ability as well). Most engineers are content to work on some minor part of a project without understanding the total project. This relates back to a way of thinking that most do not have. I found that it was exciting to be around Kris because of the way that he thought.
Socially, there were a number of activities that I fondly remember. David Bayer in Atlanta and the bridge at Victoria Falls are two that immediatly come to mind. Even now they still bring laugher into my life.
I wish that I could attend the memorial service. Unfortunately I cannot travel alone. I will be there in spirit.
While you lost a significant part of your life, many of us like me have lost a good friend.
I kept hoping I could find a way to attend the service to honor Kris, but I am sad to say that I won't be able to make it. I will drink a glass of wine to a person I truly cared for and will miss. He was a great human being.
Dear Aunt Pat,
We will miss Uncle Kris very much....he was so much fun.
We love you.
I am truly sorry to hear that Kris passed away. It is really a privilege to know both of you and had good times together. He was an extraordinary person and I will miss him forever. My condolences to you and May God comfort you. God Bless.
You are in our thoughts and prayers. This note from the heart is a moving and appropriate farewell to Kris. It was a special pleasure to get to know him, and you. He was a memorable guy, and thus will be well remembered. With sadness for your loss.
Thank you for taking the time to write this note. I can't imagine how difficult this has been for you. Thank you for celebrating his life and sharing those memories, memories are forever.
My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family during this time.
Dearest Pat....(it's so hard to just say "Pat" as I always think of you as Pat and Kris)....my deepest sympathies for your loss! While I knew of Kris's battle, I had no idea the cancer had progressed so quickly. Kris always seemed like the invicible "John Wayne" type- as if nothing would ever get him down. And, after reading your emails, I can see how Kris really DID win this battle- by living his life to the fullest until his last breath! Your email was beautiful....as always your writing is so descriptive and emotional. Thank you for continuing o include me as one of your close friends. I will never forget our adventures we experienced together in the Galapagos Islands; in Cle Elum and Santa Barbara; and other places. You and Kris are VERY SPECIAL PEOPLE!! My prayers are with you during this difficult time. Kris and you were SO fortunate to have had each other in your lives. Your's was a relationship that fairy tales are made of!
Pat- You are my idol, representing a strong, intelligent, accomplished woman- personally and professionally! In the Spanish language, there is a word we use for a "strong woman"- "Mujersisima!" You are one! And, I know you will continue to be strong and will be fine....after time has eased the pain somewhat. Your plans for the Foundation are admirable, and I know Kris would be very proud that you will carry out his dream. In the meantime, My Dear Friend, I am here to talk, to listen, to comfort you in whatever way I can. Love you!
Pat, my deepest condolences. You two were a wonderful couple and team. I have very fond memories of Kris and our time together. With all my sympathy.
Pat, Pat, Pat- I am so very sorry. I had no idea. I am devastated to hear the news and know words cannot begin to convey my feelings at this point in time. Kris and his big smile will be missed by everyone who knew him.
Oh my god Pat, the pain. I am so sorry. We loved Kris, we knew he was very sick, what a terrible loss for you....for all of us. I am just stunned. We were just reminiscing about the two of you. You both knew how to live life to the fullest, a fairy tale couple. It was a joy to be around you. We were lucky to have known such a great man. We will be looking forward to seeing you here. All our love.
You call me when you need me, and I'll check on you, as well! My thoughts and prayers are with you always.
Thank you Pat- lovely words that I will heed. But, just now we are both thinking of you and your family. You take care.
I am very sorry indeed to hear this news- but a very inspirational message too. My thoughts are with you at this difficult time. All the best.
"My" Pat and I are vacationing in New Zealand. When we returned to our hotel in Rotorua a few hours ago I logged on to check new incoming e-mails. When I saw the subject line on your e-mail my heart nearly stopped. When I opened your e-mail and read it I burst into tears and cried uncontrollably for a long time. I am still in shock. Please know that my heart, thoughts, and prayers go out to you on the loss of your wonderful husband, soul-mate, professional partner, lover, and life partner. I think you know that I have always considered Kris as one of the brightest persons I have ever known; it was a privilege to be his friend- and to have a helluva lot of fun along the way.
Your description of his strength and fortitude in fighting the awful disease of cancer is exactly what I would have expected. I will use his showings of strength as an inspiration to help me continue my 11 year battle with prostate cancer.
I am so very sorry to hear this. My thoughts are with you at this difficult time. Yours very sincerely.
I don't know what to say. That must have been very hard for you. It was with both shock and sorrow that I heard the sudden death of Dr. Kris. His death must be a big loss to you all. He will be missed, both by us and by many other people who had the pleasure of knowing him. I extend my deepest condolences to you. May his soul rest in peace.
Please accept my heartfelt condolences. Kris was great, dynamic, and always friendly guy. Best wishes.
Time is so precious. The two of you knew to cherish it while he was here. You and Kris lived an interesting and exciting life together and accomplished much more as a team than most couples ever while. I am truly sorry I did not have more time to get to know Kris better. At least he knows you have many adoring friends and fans and that your life will remain full and meaningful. I am sure that gave him peace at the end. Let's try to carve out more time to spend together going forward. God bless you.
Please accept my sincere condolences on your loss of Kris. If there is anything I can do for you please let me know.
Patricia so sorry for the loss and the struggle you and Kris went through with his illness. I have always held Kris up as a role model- having had an impact on so many people in the industry and the type of person young engineers entering the business could look up to for inspiration. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
I was very sorry to receive news of your great loss with the passing of Kris. I am sure that you are comforted by the knowledge that he was a good man, and a brave man. I knew that you lived in Washington State, but had not registered that it is in Cle Elum. Washington is one of my favorite places in the world, since I worked for Shannon & Wilson in 1955-56, while a Fulbright student. Indeed, among other things, I worked on the foundation investigation for the Wells Dam, long built. With sincere condolences.
Thanks for keeping me in the loop along with other close friends. It has meant a lot to me. We are so sorry for your loss. I still remember Kris coming to Vancouver for one of our meetings and all of us standing on the sidewalk with your dogs before you took off for home. I also have never told you but it was Kris' remarks at the OPAL awards that I used as my model for my remarks this last year when I was honored with the OPAL as well. I was particularly struck by how emotional he was wen he started talking about you and his relationship with you. I could tell that there was a depth between the two of you that was powerful and profound. I know that you felt the same way. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you. We know that this is a hard time but also know that you are a strong woman and where you might feel weak, God will make up the difference. Hope to see you soon.
I was terribly sorry to hear of Kris's passing. I know that no words can be of real comfort but do know I'm thinking of you warmly and with great sympathy.
I do not know what to say. That must have been hard for you. Michiko is shocked to hear of it. She liked Kris very much. As you say that Kris made this world a better place for so many people. I needed to have at least 10 more years for working with him.
I'm deeply saddened by the unfortunate death of Kris...He was a fine gentleman and of a great character, which set an example for others to aspire to. I'll always remember the good times we had together during many ASCE's events over the years. Kris was a great Civil Engineer with a vision and a mission. The Civil Engineering community has lost an irreplaceable member of the team whose experience and integrity offered a lot to the industry. My condolences to you and all the family and friends. May god grant him peace. Our prayers are with you and the family during this time of sorrow.
Just heard of the terrible news- can't imagine what you must be going through. My thoughts and prayers are with you. He was a good man and will be greatly missed. May he rest in peace, God Bless!
Oh, Pat, I am so sorry to hear of this. I had no idea. Kris was an incredible person, and my sympathies are with you and yours. Please let us know if there is anything we can do during this very sad time.
I truly feel the pain and sorrow that you are going through. Men of Kris integrity are not replaced but remembered. I pray that you keep his works, thoughts, and dreams alive. If there is anything I can do please do not hesitate to ask.
I am so, so sorry. When I spoke to Kris late last week I think it was the first time I ever heard him complain, that the pain was "brutal", so at least he has been released from that suffering. A great man and a great friend- he will be very sorely missed. I'm not going to phone until next week as I know that you have so much to contend with at this time. But just know you are very much in my thoughts.
Please accept my deepest sympathies. I am shocked by Kris's death. He was a "young man" in years and outlook. I enjoyed knowing him over the years. You may wish to pass your email along to Kris's class secretary at Princeton, so that an appropriate memorial may be published in the Alumni Weekly.
Please feel free to call on me if I may be of any service.
I am saddened to learn of Kris's passing. Please know I am thinking of you in this time of loss.
I was truly shocked and my heart goes out to all those who Kris's life so positively touched. Know that he and you will be in our prayers.
I just, this morning, heard about Kris's passing. I'm so very sorry to hear this. Please understand that the time I spent with you and Kris, professionally and socially, have provided me with warm memories that will last forever. I've missed you both since you moved away, and I will especially mark Kris's absence, with sadness, henceforth. Please be well and know that I am thinking of you and Kris.
Please know that Mary and I are terribly saddened to hear about Kris's passing. As you said so eloquently, when we saw you in Montreal we had no idea of the extent of his illness.
I will always remember Kris's warm personality and sense of humor from our time on the ASCE President's Trip (I think it was in 2002 to Hungary, Austria and the Czech Republic). I always remember him calling you "Goldilocks", which was such a wonderful term of endearment.
We offer you our sincerest condolences and hope that the memory of all the good times you had together sustain in this trying period. If there is anything we can do, please do not hesitate to ask.
God bless you and Kris. My deepest sympathies. You are brave to share all this information.
So very sorry to hear this sad news. I didn't know Kris well, but the man I did know was a terrific person. Your tribute to him below was inspiring. My thoughts are with you.
I am so sorry to hear of Kris's passing. You are correct that the last time we saw ya;ll I did not have that sense of urgency, you you and he were so upbeat and positive. It is hard to believe that was just a few short months ago. Know that Michele and I will have you and Kris in our prayers.
I am so sorry to hear of this news. Tom and I have had you two in our thoughts for some time now and we will continue to be thinking of you and praying for Kris and you during this difficult time. Living with Tom and his cancer, we have both learned to become more positive people and to regularly (and daily) count our blessings, as I know you did with Kris. Thus, my blessing to you and Kris is that you had your time together on this beautiful Earth, that you loved each other so deeply, and that you were able to be there when he passed away. I know that meant a great deal to both of you and will help him in the journey he is now taking to a better place.
Please call us if you need to unload, talk, or cry. We are here for you and keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.
Words elude me. I am so very very sorry- I cannot fathom this loss for you. Rarely in life we meet couples who just "fit", who you can tell instantly that by some quirk of fate, they found each other on this large planet, and that they are meant to be together. You and Kris are one such couple.
Jon and I will always be grateful that we got to visit the ranch, to know both of you a little better because of it. The NSB memories are fun too- Kris always cracked me up with his ties, and his wry analysis of the world. I always felt at home at those receptions when you both were there.
I knew that he had cancer, but he has that Teflon quality about him. I was sure it wouldn't stick, and in a way it didn't. He squeezed a lot more out of 'the ride'. I totally understand his aversion to the victimization of people who are diagnosed with cancer, and as far as we were concerned, his decisions to treat it as an inconvenience worked. I never once thought of Kris as ill- Pegasus thrived, work continued, fun continued.
Know that you- and Kris- are both in our thoughts today. We are so grateful to have known him- he stands tall in our minds, a man of character (and a character in his own right), who lived life his own way, and who got very lucky in love.
I was so distraught to receive your E-mail last evening about the loss of Kris. I know more than most that there are no words that will help at this time. Just know that you have friends that are here caring about you and wishing you the best going forward. I lost my first wife to cancer back in 1960 and now Jo is in the nursing home with Alzheimer's and knows nothing or anyone. So if there is ever a time that I could be of help to you, please do not hesitate to call. I know your grief and feelings of despair. You know that you and Kris were always two of Jo's and my favorite people. So full of life and always fun to be around. Kris will be missed by many.
So take care of yourself. That is important at this time. You know that there will be better days ahead- maybe not as good as some that have passed, but good all the same. Life will go on and you must also. You are very much in my thoughts and I am remembering the good times we had together.
Gracie and I extend our thoughts and prayers on a behalf of Kris and you.
First, I wish to send you our (Catherine and myself) condolences on the loss of Kris. Second, thank you for the wonderful write-up and wish for any memorials to go to the Foundation that you and Kris had setup. Again, our most heart-felt condolences.
I am so very sorry for your loss, Pat. I only met Kris once but the information and stories about him made it clear that he was a remarkable man. My sympathy and best wishes go out to you and your family.
I am very saddened by these news. Please accept my most heartfelt condolences. I know that words are never enough in these times of sorrow, so I just want you to know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Kris's story is an inspiring one, and a true testament of the caliber of the man he was and of the legacy of inspiration he leaves behind.
My prayers are with you and would love to visit in person with you. I have been there and know your pain. Let me know when we can get together.
What a fine human being! You are right, I had no idea he was even ill. His zest for life and uncompromising optimism are an inspiration. I will remember his example always. 67 is so young but the truth is that he led a life equivalent to many lifetimes. He had so many accomplishments but I am sure he would say being your husband was his greatest. I am sure he is looking down with pride on his "Foxy Lady" right now. Thank you VERY much for sharing this very personal and loving tribute to Kris.
I cannot begin to tell you how moved and saddened I am to learn of Kris' passing. As you suspected, I had no idea of his long term struggle with cancer. From your email it is clear he was a fighter to the end.
You have my deepest sympathy. Perhaps a small consolation is to know that he (and you) have made enduring contributions to our profession. In fact, here at NCSU we are using your gigaprojects book as text for a graduate course. Sincere best regards.
Your testament to Kris's life is moving and powerful. A life well lived and loved. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
I am saddened to hear of Kris' passing. You are correct to assume that I had no inkling of his health challenges. I will always remember his as a positive person on every issue. His comments at various professional meetings always were worth a listen. The profession has lost a great one. No matter the loss to the profession, your personal loss is greater. I never knew you without Kris. However, you have always demonstrated a strength of character that is inspiring to us all. May God grant you peace as you go through these difficult days.
While I did not have the privilege of meeting Kris ersonally, I have no doubt that he would want you to carry on with the mission of the Foundation first and foremost and further you are too good a "Neutral" to let those opportunities pass you by. I look forward to our "expert webinar" (assuming it ever gets final approval) and seeing you at the NCRDC meetings. Be well!
So sorry to hear about Kris. My heartfelt condolences to you in this sad time. I will follow up later but just wanted you to know how saddened I was to hear the news.
While I did not know Kris I certainly can sympathize with you on your loss. Losing someone who has shared so much and meant so much on a personal level is very tough. Please accept my heartfelt condolences.
I know this has to be a very difficult time for you. I wanted to at least say that I am deeply saddened by this tremendous loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you to find the strength to continue the great work that you both did when Kris was with us. During the time I got to work with you both I always found your relationship one to be envied. I know you will persevere because that is what Kris would expect of you I am sure. We will speak later but I had to express my sincerest condolences and keep you both in my thoughts and prayers.
Very sorry to hear this, Patricia. Best wishes to you in coping with this very difficult loss and in continuing your joint work. Nice to hear of the interest in dispute resolution at Pepperdine, as I've had some contact with Tom Stepanowich there.
That is extrememly sad and difficult news. Kris was truly a giant in the industry and a caring and wonderful human being that I cared for deeply. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Our thoughts are prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.
Dear Patty, so sorry for your loss.
Although these words cannot possibly convey my true feelings or replace the warmth of physically embracing you, please accept my deepest sympathy in this most sorrowful time.
From the moment I meet you and kris, I knew I had met an extraordinary man and an extraordinary women who teogether made an extraordinary couple. I thank you both for your friendship and the contributions you've made to making the world a better place. I thank you for sharing the intimate details of your last few years together. And, I thank God for having given us the conversation Kris and I had during the Past and Active Officers dinner in Montreal last October.
There is one important matter I need to inquire of; how are you doing Pat? I can only imagine how the loss of your solemate has affected your wellbeing. I trust that close friends and family are there for you and only wish that I could be there in-person as well.
I have promised you and Kris that we would come out to see you sometime, and I will eventually keep that promise. The beauty of the Ranch you've described can only be more glorious knowing that it was conceived of and nurtured by the love you each have for the land and for each other.
My deepest condelences for your loss, the loss of the engineers, all over the world, and for sure the Pan American engineers. All of us, will miss him.
I would have said, "we never knew," but you said it for me.
His special issue in LADR is a great contribution by him, and a massive credit and tribute to his determination and personality.
Kris was a true joy to be around. He could light up a room. We were all proud of his accomplishments. We all enjoyed the 5 times we could see him in the last many years. The entire family of relatives have called with love for Kris from Florida, New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut. He will always be in our hearts and loved forever across the miles. With all your friends, I know they'll carry you through.
Kris was such a warm, caring, and noble soul. He made an impact on the lives of those he touched. We are saddened at his passing, but happy to have had him touch us. Our best wishes to you at such a time of loss. We know Kris will be watching over you from a place of peace and comfort. Please share our condolences with his family, friends, and co-workers.
Kris made the world around him a brighter and better place. He had a breadth of knowledge and wit that was extraordinary. You have both touched many lives- carry on.
I am profoundly saddened to hear the news about Kris. I also fel deep saddness for you as the strong bond you both had was so evident to us. We share in your sorrow as Kris was very special to many people. He had a sense of humor that warmed all those who met him.
I was so sorry to hear of Kris' passing. He was a wonderful guy and you were so blessed to have him in your life for so long- but not long enough! There is the poem I read a long time ago- Death is nothing at all. I have only slipped away to the next room. I am I and you are you. Whatever we were to each other, that we still are. Seems fitting for you and Kris. You are in my thoughts and prayer.
I'm so very sorry for your loss. I only knew Kris as an extremely generous neighbor. I know he was so much more to many people, respectfully you. I hope you are doing ok. He was a good man and will be missed on Lookout Mountain and around the world.
I was very sorry to learn of Kris' passing. Kris was, in every way, the model of a professional. He was careful, well-prepared. He defended his clients, ethically and thoroughly. But you know all that. Perhaps more importantly, he was an absolute joy to work and play with. He was mischievous and funny, friendly, and interesting. But you know all that too. Kris will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Please accept our deepest sympathy.
We were stunned to receive your email telling us of Kris' passing. It is a testament to his spirit and courage that we should be surprised, and we appreciate the depth of your own courage in the telling of his passing. All the 2011 OPAL award recipient in Construction, we rejoice in the knowledge Kris received recognition for his contributions to the Civil Engineering profession. We well remember the joy you took in seeing Kris receive that accolade, just as he always did for your own accomplishments. We know the following days and weeks will be difficult for you. We hope you will find solace in your professional work and comfort from your fondest memories of your life with Kris. May your family and friends continue to bring you consolation. ASCE is fortunate to have had such an outstanding professional as a member.
It was with great sadness I read your emails about Kris. What struck me most about Kris the two times I met him was his constant playfulness. My strongest memory is standing with Kris at one of the AAA's black tie dinners- Kris with his multi-colored and bright bow-tie and ever present twinkle in his eye- talking about your place in Washington. A great man who will be missed. I hope you weather the storm and focus on the joyful memories.
Sorry to learn of Kris' passing, but glad you were able to be with him to the end.
Our condolences to you and your family. We will all miss Kris. With sincere sympathy.
A special man Kris- he always made me smile- I will miss him dearly.
We are so sorry for your loss. Kris was such a great person. We thought this brochure would bring comfort for you in your time of loss.
We can only pray for your peace- no words can help when you lose your soulmate of 26 years. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Kris was a remarkable man and his legacy will live on through your foundation and other many things he accomplished with you by his side.
I want to express to you that my brief experience of working for you and Kris gave me a renewed sense of human devotion in action. You affection for each other warmed all our hearts. Please accept my deepest sympathy.
Gayle and I were so sad to hear of the passing of Kris. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. We so enjoyed our visit and your hospitality last year. Listening to Kris tell of his travels and adventures around the world were fascinating. I will always remember his story of the "Blow Gun" and falling in the river. Take comfort in all the memories you have and the significant contribution he gave to the world. Take care and God Bless.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and have been since we received the message of Kris' passing. We are grateful for the times we have been able to spend with you and Kris. Berndt remembers the first time when he was looking for a place to board our horses and how happy he was to have found you, not only for the horses, but people who love people. We got to know you from attending your Christmas and Summer parties at Unionville Ranch when we had our ranch in Hidden Valley. We were always impressed how very hospitable and generous you were, inviting and entertaining people from near and far. Everybody was welcome and you really honored the name "Union", the name you had given your Ranch. You invited us to join you at the Rodeo in Ellensburg and you came over to our place for a meal. We never forget when you both appeared in the most stunning cowboy outfits and made your visit a memorable feast. We were glad when you came over to our New Years Eve Bon-Fire to welcome the New Year sharing hot drinks. We did not lose your friendship even when we moved away from Cle Elum to Snohomish. We have lovely memories of your visits in our new home, remember enjoyable restaurant visits in Seattle, Scotch tasting at the Rainier Club, and watching the Rockettes after a meal at Urbane. (Berndt still dreams of the Skinny Fries.) We were touched and honored when you invited us to your apartment in town where Kris cooked a meal for us, a Japanese meal, with all the right ingredients and Saki from Japan. Our shared interest in good wine, good food, the world and people and the mysterious soul-connection between Berndt and Kris have been an unforgettable experience. Such connection has no limits and love has not limits so we feel connected with Kris beyond this life. We salute Kris, a great man, a humble man who loved much, gave much and made the world a better place. He has surely touched many lives and we are grateful to be amongst them.
Our thoughts have been with you since learning of Kris' passing. He looked so well at Christmas- I know he had a blast at the wonderful party in the arena. The two of you exemplified true partnership in your marriage, so I know his loss is devestating. We are not able to be at the gathering on Saturday, but you are in our prayers.
It is with our deepest regret to miss your high noon celebration honoring your dear husband Kris. What a truly amazing man he was to you and the rest of the world. I'm sorry that CCF and I cannot be apart of his memorial service, but please know how much we are thinking of him and you during this time of bereavement.
I was very sorry to hear of Kris's death. Like many others, I had no idea he was fighting this battle. Your email of February 17th was a wonderful tribute to him and indeed to what the two of you obviously shared. I very much admire your decision to continue with the things you jointly worked on and it is the best way to honor his memory. He will be missed by many.
I was very sad to learn of Kris's passing and want to extend my deepest sympathy. What a great man! He was always so generous with his time and hospitality. I always looked forward to having extremely interesting and stimulating conversations and just plain fun with the both of you. Kris was patient and insightful when giving a layman an understanding of a particular situation. He was always gracious and kind in his manner and a pleasure to be around. He always made you feel welcome. I only wish there were more opportunities to enjoy his company. When I was a young man, my mentor always had a saying when he spoke highly of a man and so he would say he was a "gentleman and a scholar". To me, Kris was the epitome of both those things. You are not that way without special people in your life and I am sure he was all those things because of the both of you. I admired the relationship you enjoyed and the love you shared. It was my pleasure and honor to have the opportunity to know him and always remember him. There is an old country song, a favorite of mine, with the lyrics, "He may be gone, but never forgotten. His memory won't leave you alone. The train may be long gone from the station But you still hear the whistle blow." It will be that way many years from now when I hear that friendly melodious train whistle as it chases the valley, echoing back to me and I remember Kris. Thank you both for that! I hope you are doing well and want you to know our thoughts are with you.
Carl and I got to know Kris through over 20 years of ASCE Involvement on the Regional and National level. He was a true gentlemen and had one of the most potent joie de vivre attitudes that either has ever known. We have hundreds of awesome, funny, sad, intense, and highly technical moments. My funniest favorite has to do with the fact that Pat was the first female president of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Many years ago, a sitting ASCE President bought a diamond necklace for his wife, the first lady, and it became a tradition that the pendant was passed down from first lady to first lady. Well this created a predicament when Kris became first man. He decided to go with the flow and wore the pendant over his tie. I am attaching a picture from the Past and Present Officer's dinner when Pat was introduced as President and Kris proudly wore the pendant. He and I are laughing as I went over to him and asked him if I could see and feel the first man's jewels, which he gladly obliged.
Kris will be in our hearts and minds forever.
He will be greatly missed by all of us.
Many thoughts of sympathy go out to you today, and many hearts are caring in a warm and loving way. So sorry for your loss.
Caring thoughts and deepest sympathy are with you and your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of sadness with the passing of Kris.
My thoughts and prayers will always be with you and Kris. I have so many fond memories of our times together. Thank you for accepting me in your lives. Love you both!I send you many positive thoughts and warm hugs.
Although no words of sympathy can ease the loss you bear. Still, may you find some comfort knowing others truly care.
I am sorry to learn of Kris' death. I know he was your strength and cherished mate. We all mourn his passing. I did not know of his illness, but I am not surprised how he fought it for so long and lived life his way. Kris was a true fighter and liver of life. Over the years, as I look back, I often think about our times together with fondness. I remember our dinners together in Connecticut, joining the firm after INPO, and going to great locales like Scottsdale and Norway and Mexico. Most of all, I think about how truly great Kris was in talking to potential and on-going clients. He was convincing, self-assured, and knew what was needed to bring them around to his perspective. In a word, he was brilliant! Pat, I will think about you and pray for you as you go on without Kris. I hope that you will call on me if you think I can be of any help to you.
We were so sorry to hear of your loss. Kris will be missed by many on the mountain.
Our most sincere condolences to Patricia.
I was shocked and saddened to hear of Kris' passing. He was such a vibrant fellow, and I am fortunate to have known him. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
I want you to know you have my deepest sympathy for the loss of your husband. I remembered you talking to me about his rare cancer and he had just undergone surgery before you were here in Payette. I would read your business letter emails sent out and see that you were very active in your travels and speaking engagements. I am so glad you were able to do so much together in spite of Kris's illness. I will always fondly remember spending the time at your ranch, photographing the two of you on your horses and Rings close by. The evening visiting over dinner and fine wine was so enjoyable. When Kris showed me throughout your beautiful new office building he spoke of you with such great adoration and pride. Other than my own husband, I can honestly say I have never seen that kind of love for a spouse in all of my years. You have truly been blessed with a wonderful love to hold on to that not many in this life experience. As you grieve, God has promised that comfort will come, that place will be restored, that tears will eventually cease. "Blessed our those who mourn, for they will e comforted" Matt. 5:4. I have received so much comfort through my faith in the loss of my own husband just 6 months ago. I pray you will have the same comfort and peace. Again, my deepest sympathy for your great loss. Hugs and blessings to you.
I am very sorry for your loss. You husband was a great man and his passing will leave a great void in many lives. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time.
I wanted to write to you to express my condolences on the passing of Kris. While I didn't get to meet him personally, in talking with Mike Marra I know I would have enjoyed his company. You and your family are in my thoughts during this difficult time. May God bless you.
If ever a moment comes when you feel the need to just get away and do something out of the "norm", give me a call.
May the memories that mean the most to you live forever in your heart.
Call if you ever need anything.
With fond memories of Kris.
Kris lived his life full of love, caring, and adventure. He will be missed and he will be remembered. Pat, you are in our thoughts and prayers.
May all your happy memories bring you comfort during these very difficult times. God bless.
I feel so fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with Kris for the short time we had. I feel like I was really blessed to have known him and the few family members I met. Sorry for your loss, but thank you for allowing me to be a part, even a very small part of your lives.
A man who made a mark on this world and whose love of life will always be remembered.
We are truly sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you and of Kris.
I've really enjoyed working with you and getting to know you the past few years. I appreciated Kris and considered him a friend. We pray you will find true peace and comfort and satisfaction in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
We are so very sorry for your loss. Please know that you and your family will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers.
We are so very sorry for your loss. It was an honor and a privilege getting to know Kris- such a remarkable person! An opportunity for which we are very thankful. Our thoughts are indeed with you.
We are praying for you! And will continue to. I know Kris will always be missed by you and so many! We love you! In the days ahead, we hope you will let us know how we can help.
My sympathies with you and your family.
With love and heavy hearts.
We were very sorry indeed to learn of your beloved Kris passing due to tissue cancer. We were priveleged to meet Dr. Kris Nielsen with you on many occasions in Japan as well as in the world and he was a very good friend and engineer who always impressed us as a true gentleman, a man with a kind heart and a wonderful sense of humor. Your loss is a great one. Please accept our heartfelt condolences and convey our deepest sympathies to your family.
Our deepest sympathy to you in this time of loss. Kris was a great influence on me, even though I only knew him a short time. You and he were both very instrumental and encouraging for me to pursue by PhD. I thank you for that. I always hoped we'd work together one day (and still do!). I feel priveleged to have known this great man who made me feel so welcomed. You will be in our thoughts and prayers.
We are so sorry for your loss. Kris had such a "big" personality- as well as a cute sense of humor! It was an honor for us to know both of you! Call us sometime- or anytime!
Your Kris was a truly amazing man and together your accomplishments were other worldly. We have no doubt his creativity will live on through your work and the work of the foundation. We love you and we are here for you any time you need anything.
We are saddened by the news of the passing of your husband Dr. Kris Nielsen. I can tell that he embodied the Roebling mission through your foundation and his life and work. We are all sorry to hear of his passing.
Let us remember the smiling, the talking, the sharing, the caring as we celebrate a life so deeply cherished.
I was so sorry and stunned to hear the news. Kris certainly hid his distress well. My fondest thoughts are with you. Please take good care of yourself.
Kris was such an amazing, inspirational person. We have wonderful memories of our times together and they will keep him living in our hearts forever.
Much love and hugs.
I'm sorry for your loss. You continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.
The service in memory of Kris was beautiful and your remarks touches our hearts and brought a tear to our eyes. Both Flyod and I know what it is like to lose a spouse to cancer. Both Floyd and I were so impressed with the turnout. Kris was greatly respected and loved for sure. We want to 'thank you' again for the time you took to show us around. Needless to say your office complex is absolutely beautiful and the furnishing and artwork are impressive. We wish we could have stayed longer. I was able to get Saturday off from work, but no Sunday and 4:15am rolls around too early! We were hoping to see you one more time before we left, but the program was such that we felt it would be inappropriate to take you away from your guests. We know your schedule is beyond busy, but we would like to keep in contact and when those trips to Cle Elum come around we'll try to make it a point of seeing each other if you're in town. God bless you each and everyday and you are in our thoughts and prayers.
We are so sorry to hear about Kris Nielson's passing. His family and friends are in our thoughts and prayers.
I have such wonderful memories of Kris, as so many people do. He was fun to travel with. He had a wonderful sense of humor, a willingness to 'tweak' the system, a good understanding of history, and marvelous story telling abilities. He was comfortable in so many different surroundings- from a hike in the woods to being dressed in his fanciest duds for a special ball. I always enjoyed talking with Kris because our conversations could go in so many unexpected directions. I treasured our talks because I always learned from them. He was very generous with his time, his talents, and his money. I'll never forget the delicious Japanese feasts he prepared for us- the best Japanese meals I've had outside of Japan! It was wonderful having him precede me as spouse of the ASCE president because he created the role he wanted....that meant I, too, could do what I liked rather than feel I had to 'conform to the norm!' He was very inclusive- a quality I tried to emulate. He will have a special place in our hearts and be remembered by so many for many years to come. When you can take a break in your busy schedule, we would love to have you come spend some time with us at the beach. Let us know.
I haven't written because I didn't know what to say. I always thought of Kris as indestructable, and of Kris and Pat as a great team- greater than each of you would have been separately. His passing was a shock and a cause for sorrow and wondering. The service yesterday put Kris passing in perspective. It will happen to each of us. The sorrow I felt was eased by the recognition that Kris impacted me and my others positively and for that we are all thankful. He was great, but like all of us, mortal. The Pat and Kris team is no longer. What does the future look like for you? You have lots of changes to assimilate. Let me know how I can be of help with any of the changes. Joan and I consider you a good friend and we are here if you need us. We hope to see you more frequently then we have over the last few years. Let us know when a walk on the beach sounds good to you. You are welcome any time.
Those are no words, however hearfelt, that can ease your sorrow, but may it strengthen you to realize that those who care for you are close in heart.
Patty, I am so sorry about Kris, you had a happy marriage with him and I am grateful. Patty, it is hard, Jude has been gone eight years and I still miss him, but time has a way of helping you along. Wish I could be with you this weekend, I will be in spirit. Thinking of you and loving you.
I was shocked in receive your note of Kris's passing. If it would have beeen possible, I would have joined in celebrating his "last ride." It's been over 30 years since Worchester that I've known you and Kris and I have great memories of the times together. Truly, I've never met anyone with the capacity to quickly evaluate issues, retain the facts, and solve problems on target and creatively. Please accept my and Marilyn's most heartfelt condolances for your loss. You made the relationship work, personally and professionally. I'm proud to have associated with you both. Please have a "crown on the rocks" for me and toast a special life to Kris. Our best thoughts are with you.
That was a wonderful tribute to Kris on Saturday, having so many people come from all corners and have such loving and admiring things to say about him. You put together a terrific gathering and I know he would be pleased. I'm glad to hear you say he is still with you and you hear him. May that continue a long time. Thank you for putting Peso's hand on his hat. I am greatly honored. Peso and Kris were well matched. I often thought that whenever we rode together. It also was good to see Peso looking so well. I know you have many friends and Jack and Sue up on the hill, but if you ever decide you just don't want to be alone in the house, you are invited to come hang over here and stay in my guest room. It might feel a little bit like being in the hills of Kentucky, but my friends say my house is warm and wraps itself around them. Hard for me to gauge, as it's my home. Also, I tend to stay up lae, and a spontaneous cal doesn't bother me at all. Please take care and know that I, along with all your other friends, would do what we can to ease your way.
Thinking of you. There just aren't enough words. Warmest regards.
In loving memory....
Kris has been enrolled in the Sacred Heart Association.
I had no idea Kris was even ill. Diane and I wish you strength and offer our condolences. We hope the pain of hte loss decreases as your memories shift focus from the recent to your whole life together. We wish you the best.
I worked with Kris many years ago at Nielsen Wurster Associates. Sorry for your loss.
Patricia and family, there are not any words to make up for the loss of a loved one. Kris will be missed greatly by the many people who's lives he touched. He was an honest and caring man with a genuine smile that made all of us feel special.Simply put, he was a good man !! Dale Jurgens
No farewell words were spoken,
no time to say goodbye,
you were gone before we knew it,
and only God knows why.
My deepest condolences,
Kris will be missed by so many but no more than you, Pat. Our hearts and thoughts are with you as you 'power through' the coming months...
Fascinating man. I am so glad we had a chance meeting. I will always remember our conversation. He will not be forgotten..
My friend Kris you truly will be missed. May God be with you and rest in peace.
My heart is hurting due to the loss of such a special and wonderful friend. Kris was one of a kind, I and so many others will miss him so much.
Kris and I first met 50 years ago this month at a dance/mixer of our sibling high schools. Although we were not in communication for over 40 of those 50 years, when we reconnected in 2008, our friendship was reaffirmed. Kris, despite the passage of years, maintained his curiosity, his drive, his thirst for knowledge. But for me, who was his friend, what I will remember most, was his generosity of spirit, his loyalty, his humility and his unselfish and unquestioning offering of himself to the friends he loved.
Be peaceful Kris. Your legacy shines brightly.
Kris success was continual learning and working for the good of others. The happiness, love and dedication of his world, was his wife Patricia. Amazing life and accomplishments. Amazing wonderful friend. Forever in my heart.
~Cheri Marusa - So. Cle Elum, WA
"Now he has departed from the strange world a little ahead of me. That means nothing. People like us, who believe in physics, know that the distinction between past, present, and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion."... attributed to Albert Einstein.
I did not know Kris long or well, but a life fully lived, service generously given and smiles easily shared were so apparent, you'd have been a fool to have missed them! To the one who made his eyes light up with love, Patricia, he lives on in your life. Peace to all who knew him. Happy trails Kris!
"Now he has departed from the strange world a little ahead of me. That means nothing. People like us, who believe in physics, know that the distinction between past, present, and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion."... attributed to Albert Einstein.
I did not know Kris long or well, but a life fully lived, service generously given and smiles easily shared were so apparent, you'd have been a fool to have missed them! To the one who made his eyes light up with love, Patricia, he lives on in your life. Peace to all who knew him. Happy trails Kris!
The individual is rare who could ever match the dedication, mental power, humor and compassion that Kris brought to everything he did and everyone he loved. He left way too soon, but he left us all with a legacy of excellence and much to live up to. Knowing Kris, he has already figured out how to continue his work from afar, and no doubt has it well under way.
Dear Pat and Family,
The news of Kris's death was a shock to us. We cannot hear the song "Wind Beneath My Wings" without reflecting on the wonderful moment of Pat's installation as the first woman president of ASCE. Kris thoroughly enjoyed being the First Gentleman of ASCE that year. As a couple you had profound impact on our profession. We will miss Kris, his great stories, and not seeing both of you together.
Vince and Roxanne Drnevich
Purdue School of Civil Engineering
Kris was the Three Wise Men rolled into one. He made a great contribution in Melbourne, Australia as he did in many places. A fabulous, colourful, wise character, Kris was more proud of his wife Pat than of his own many achievements. We will ride with him again. Salut.
Carole and Glen Davis, Bayindeen Australia
One of the most positive person I've ever met. He will be miss by family, friends and peers.
Our impression of Kris' greatest accomplishment was his relationship with his partner in life, Pat. What Kris and Pat accomplished together was and continues to be an inspiration to all of us. Kris was a darling man with a dynamic smile and it was impossible to resist his charm. We are sad that he has gone, but so blessed and happy to have shared his gifts from the heart with him. Eternal hugs, Darin & Kevin
Even among peers there is a star. Kris was a star.
Bob Kersten, Maitland, FL
The contributions that Kris have made will long be valued and the world is at a loss for those he would have contributed. Kris, keep an eye on us from on high. God bless Pat.
Kris will be greatly missed by many friends he had,
We at the spa at Suncadia will miss him the most!
Dianne & Dale Amberson
He was a gentleman and fine friend.