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Construction executive

Harrison Allen Nelson, American construction executive.


Nelson, Harrison Allen was born on December 13, 1913 in Granada, Minnesota, United States. Son of Elmer Lafayette and Gladys Ruth (Clark) Nelson.


Postgraduate, Brown University, Providence, 1933. Postgraduate, University Rhode Island, 1938. Postgraduate, Rice University, Houston, 1939.


Research chemist, Imperial Paper and Color Company, Glens Falls, New York, 1939-1941;plant supervisor, Imperial Magnesuim Powder Plant, Glens Falls, New York, 1941-1943;research scientist, The Upjohn Company, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 1943-1950;senior scientist, The Upjohn Company, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 1950-1956;manager technical development, The Upjohn Company, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 1956-1977;president, Wickford Corporation, Kalamazoo, Michigan, since 1979.


  • Other Work

    • Contributor articles to professional journals. Inventor numerous patents on steriod and antibiotic fermentation and processing.


Life is not about things. Life is relationships. Foremost of those relationships is the one we hold with Jesus Christ.


The separation of church and state has guaranteed the diversity of religious expressions and the freedom to worship God according to each person’s conscience. However, separation of church and state permit interaction.


God should be loved with hearts as well as with minds. To the best of ability everyone needs to think things through in the light of reason. This means becoming aware of different points of view, and using his or her critical thinking to make sense of God's world.


Director, past president Kalamazoo Civic Players, 1960, Kalamazoo Junior Symphony Society, 1961-1964. Director, treasurer Kalamazoo Bach Festival Society, 1962-1970. Director, vice president, treasurer Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, 1964-1969.

Secretary Kalamazoo Civic Stockholders, since 1965. Moderator Judson Baptist Church, Kalamazoo, since 1984. Member American Chemical Society, Kalamazoo Bd Realtors.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: theater, building design, real estate, painting.


Married Margaret Wilson, August 15, 1941. Children: Mirth Marie, Lucinda Ann, H. Clark.

Elmer Lafayette Nelson

Gladys Ruth (Clark) Nelson

Margaret Wilson

Mirth Marie Nelson

Lucinda Ann Nelson

H. Clark Nelson