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William Edward Nelson

Corporate executive

William Edward Nelson, American corporate executive.


Nelson, William Edward was born on July 16, 1926 in Los Angeles, California, United States. Son of Ora Parton and Mary Francis (Bowers) Nelson.


Bachelor of Science in Business, Pepperdine University, 1949. Doctor of Laws, Loyola University.A., 1951. Doctor of Philosophy, University Wisconsin, 1954.


General manager Gilbert & Rothschild, Los Angeles, 1959-1960. Vice president, director finance and administration Microdot, South Pasadena, California, 1960-1963. President investments Prospect Center Corporation, La Jolla, 1963-1991.

President, chief executive officer Valley Company, Atchison, Kansas, 1990-1991. Chairman, president San Diegans, Inc., 1979-1982. Chairman Scripps Bank, since 1984.


  • Author: (textbook) California Land Security & Development, 1966, Real Estate Remedies, 1976.


Through Jesus' death on the cross, and his resurrection, God has broken the power of all that is evil, in the world and in us.


A true Christian should help those in need, regardless of religious affiliation.


Trustee La Jolla Town Council, 1979-1982. Chair Scripps Clinic & Research Foundation, La Jolla, since 1991, Scripps Institutions Medicine and Science, since 1993. President Chief Executive Officer Scripps Institutions Medicine and Science and Scripps Health.

Chair Center City Planning Commission, San Diego, 1986-1990. With United States Navy, 1944-1946, PTO. Member American Bar Association, California Bar Association, San Diego Bar Association, Los Angeles Bar Association, Urban Land Institute, Lambda Alpha.


  • Other Interests

    Running, bicycling.


Married Lollie Margaret Russell, January 22, 1952. Children: Lindsey, Neil, Mark, Anne Hoover.


Some people think that involvement in political life is something Christians should avoid. But God is present everywhere, including political institutions.