Tom was a mentor and friend to me and the Writing across the Disciplines program. His leadership with integrating high standards of professional engineering writing through English 277 and his expectations thereafter were an inspiration and affirmation to me as the Director of the Writing Assistants from Engineering and the possibility of campus-wide writing standards. This fall is the 25th anniversary of that program that Engineering led as the first department to contact me while I was still at Valdosta State University. Tom was an exemplary scholar and man. I doubt I will ever know a better colleague than Thomas Nelson. I only regret I did not find out in time to honor you at your funeral or to meet your sons. God speed my friend.
Karen Vaught-Alexander, PhD former Director of Writing and Assoc. of English, UP