Max Nelson passed away on September 22, in Fullerton, California, after an extraordinary run of 95 years.
He was born in Akron on January 15, 1918. His parents were David and Lillian Nelson. He attended the University of Akron and graduated in 1941, with a BA in Speech Communications. While a student, he was also the manager of the Student Union, working directly for University Treasurer Maxwell P. Boggs. He served with distinction in the Army in the South Pacific from 1941-1945.
In 1946, Mr. Nelson married Akron resident Blanche Sherman, a relationship that lasted 40 years until her passing in 1986. He earned a PhD from the University of Michigan and was a professor of Speech Pathology and Audiology at Michigan State University from 1950-1965. In 1965, he joined California State University at Fullerton, where he quickly built its Communications Disorders program into a nationally recognized force in the field. He remained there until his retirement in 1988, being named the University's Distinguished Professor and serving as Faculty Marshall in his final commencement. Mr. Nelson was a Fellow of the American Speech and Hearing Association in both Speech Pathology and Audiology, a rare honor to be acknowledged at the highest level in two major specialties.
He is survived by his wife of 21 years, Doris Sutherland Nelson, of Fullerton, California; his son, Bruce Nelson, of New York City; his brother, Jim Nelson; sisters, Frieda Gerin and Anna May Shepler, all of Akron; and his two grandchildren, Reed Nelson of San Francisco, and Lily Nelson of New York City and Park City, Utah.
There are no local calling hours or services.
Published in Akron Beacon Journal on Sept. 29, 2013