George C. Nelson
1958 - 2019
George C. Nelson


George Nelson passed away unexpectedly at the age of 60. A longtime resident of Evanston, IL, he was raised in Wyckoff, NJ, and spent his adult life in the Chicago area.

A graduate of The Gunnery, George earned his BA in English from Kenyon College and an M.S. in Communication from Northwestern University. In recent years, he worked as an independent consultant to nonprofits following work at Northwestern University as Associate Director of Corporate Relations. He served as a board member and president of the Corporate Responsibility Group of Chicago and Evanston Community Tennis Association. He is survived by his wife Laura; daughter Eleanor Porter-Nelson (Dean); son Clifton; sister Clara Chun (Kevin). A memorial will be held at a future date. In lieu of flowers, donations in his honor may be made to Orphans of the Storm (

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Published by Chicago Tribune on Sep. 15, 2019.
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I got to know George through ECTA. We later became teammates on a USTA tennis team and a little while later, began helping each other in the area of professional networking as members of another community organization, NSENG. George always offered his help and engaged actively to support others. I was fortunate to know George.
December 7, 2019
George was a longtime member and former president of the Evanston Community Tennis Association with whom I worked closely for many years. He was passionate about tennis, both as a player and a volunteer event organizer. I was so sorry to hear of his passing. He will be missed by many.
Debbie Cassell
December 5, 2019
So sorry to learn of George's passing. he was a classmate of mine at the Gunnery and at Kenyon College where we were both active members of the Kenyon Poetry Society. George always stuck me as a brilliant and unique mind. My condolences to his family and friends.
Stanley Merrell
December 5, 2019
I had the good fortune of knowing George when we were young members of The Gunnery family. As a young man he was the same epitome of thoughtful goodness we all counted on later in life. I will miss George and I will always remember him.
John Wynn
October 9, 2019
I met George almost a year ago, and I knew him to be kind, positive, and creative. He will be missed.
September 27, 2019
I am so sorry to hear that George has passed away. My condolences to his family. I had the pleasure of having George as a doubles partner for the 4th of July tennis tournament a couple of years back. I enjoyed his company, our conversations, his warm demeanor, and his friendship. I will miss him.
Rick LeVee
September 22, 2019
Condolences! This Kenyon Lord will be missed.
Jan Richardson
September 21, 2019
George was a good guy and we miss him.Played against him over the years. Always admired his fairness, caring manner and nearly flawless form on the tennis court. Very sorry for your loss.
Seymour Schwartz
September 18, 2019
My condolences to the family on the loss of your loved one. May the God of all comfort be with you during your time of sorrow. (Psalm 145:19)
September 12, 2019