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David G. Nielson

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BENNINGTON -- Dr. David G. Nielson, 80, a resident of Pine Circle in Bennington, died on Monday, Dec. 03, 2007, at the Centers for Living and Rehabilitation in Bennington following a brief illness.

He was born in Rochester, N.Y., on Feb. 18, 1927. After high school David entered into the Army and served during World War II. He was stationed in Alaska, the state of Washington, Europe, and completed his military career at Ft. Bliss, Texas. He served from 1946 until 1967.

While in the service in Alaska, he met and married the former Gladys Coates, a teacher. They wed in Seattle in 1954.

Following his military services he enrolled in the University of Texas and received his bachelor’s degree and masters degree there. He then transferred to SUNY Binghamton where he worked and earned his doctorate in 1971. From 1971 until 1982 he was an associate professor of history at SUNY Binghamton.

David was very interested in Black American history and authored the book Black Ethos.

After his retirement from SUNY, they moved to Augusta, Ga., where they lived for four years. In 1987 they moved to Bennington.

Besides his wife of 53 years, he is survived by one sister, Betty Dibble of Honeoye Falls, N.Y.; a sister-in-law Helen and her husband Fred Johnson of Rutland; a brother-in-law Robert Coates and his wife Anita of Jacksonville, Fla., and five nieces, Leslie Dibble of Honeoye Falls, N.Y., Cherie Dibble of Florida, and Valerie Dibble of Canandaigua, N.Y., Vickie Tuell of Fruit Cove, Fla., and Marilyn Marrion of Bennington; five nephews, Thomas Johnson of Rutland, Lane Johnson of Vero Beach, Fla., Glen Coates of Suffield, Conn., David Coates of Westminster, Md., and Daniel Coates of Fruit Cove, Fla. David was pre-deceased by two brothers, Robert and Carl of Rochester, N.Y.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2007, at 2 p.m. at the Mahar and Son Funeral Home in Bennington with the Rev. Julien LaFlamme officiating.

Interment will follow in the family lot in St. John’s Cemetery in North Bennington.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 1 p.m until the time of the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. John the Baptist Church in North Bennington or the Second Chance Animal Shelter through the Mahar and Son Funeral Home, 628 Main St. Bennington, VT, 05201.

Guest book condolences may be made at www.maharandsonfuneralhome.net or at www.BenningtonBanner.com
Published in Bennington Banner on Dec. 5, 2007
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