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Forrest Murphy NELSON M.D. Obituary
NELSON, M.D., Forrest Murphy

Forrest Murphy Nelson was born on December 9, 1922 to Lillian Murphy Nelson and Forrest David Nelson in Rockland, Texas. He was a resident of Austin for 81 years where he died on January 14, 2014.

Murphy graduated from Austin High School in February 1940, where he played football, ran track and was Valedictorian of his class. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin and earned a Medical Degree from the University of Texas Medical School in Galveston in 1945. After completing his medical internship at the U.S. Naval Medical Center in Bethesda Maryland in 1946, he served as Naval Officer, U.S. Navy Yard 1946-1948, U.S. Naval Hospital 1948-1949 and U.S.S General William Mitchell, Pacific Area 1949-1950.

Murphy married Joyce Schroeder on October 1, 1950. He practiced General Medicine in Austin and Rosebud Texas between 1950-1952. In 1952 Murphy and Joyce moved to Galveston Texas where he completed his General Surgery Residency at the University of Texas Medical Branch in 1956. They moved to Austin where Murphy became a Board Certified General Surgeon and practiced medicine from 1956 to 1986.

He is survived by his wife Joyce of Austin, children Sandra Kristoferson and husband John of Denton, Texas; David Nelson and wife Carol of Marble Falls, Texas; Stuart Nelson and wife Beth of Austin, Texas; grandchildren, Joel Kristoferson and wife Tara Kaufmann, Kari Chambers and husband Patrick, Kyle Kristoferson, Courtland Kristoferson, Scott Nelson and Clay Nelson; step-grandchildren Catherine Bedell and husband Kent, Dave Helms and wife Amy; and step-great-grandchildren Hayden Bedell, Harper Bedell, Allison Helms and Rachel Helms.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, January 17, 2014 at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home, 3125 N. Lamar Blvd.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at Weed-Corley-Fish Chapel. Interment will follow at Austin Memorial Park.

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Published in Austin American-Statesman from Jan. 16 to Jan. 18, 2014
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