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Obituary for Liberia RPCV Gerald L. "Jerry" Nelson

Obituary for Liberia RPCV Gerald L. Jerry Nelson

Born in Buffalo, Mr. Nelson joined the Peace Corps in 1967 and served for three years as a volunteer in Liberia.

Obituary for Liberia RPCV Gerald L. "Jerry" Nelson

Writer enjoyed diverse career

By Joan Giangrasse Kates | Special to the Tribune

March 23, 2008

After working a stint in the Peace Corps and reporting working as a reporter for the Detroit News, Gerald L. "Jerry" Nelson arrived in Chicago in the late 1970s, just as the Daily News was folding.

Instead of hitting the pavement with other out-of-work journalists, the New York native plied his skills at jobs with two major Chicago public relations firms and discovered he had a knack for it. He founded his own downtown PR firm in 1983.

Mr. Nelson then began publishing a popular lifestyle magazine in the western suburbs in 1991, and along with his wife, published five travel books covering the Midwest.

Mr. Nelson, 63, of Wheaton, the founder and publisher of Nelson's Today, died Tuesday, March 18, of complications related to leukemia.

Born in Buffalo, Mr. Nelson joined the Peace Corps in 1967 and served for three years as a volunteer in Liberia.

After his return from Africa, Mr. Nelson did freelance writing, before working as a reporter with the Detroit News until 1978.

Mr. Nelson moved with his family to Wheaton in 1978. He open his own public relations firm, G.L. Nelson Inc.It closed in 1991.

That same year, Mr. Nelson and his wife started Nelson's Today, a monthly lifestyle publication for the western Chicago suburbs with a circulation of more than 30,000.

Survivors include his wife, Sherry, two sons, Scott and Jack; two daughters, Laura and Jennifer; his mother, Vivian; and a brother, Ken.

Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Monday in Williams-Kampp Funeral Home, 430 E. Roosevelt Rd., Wheaton. Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday in St. Matthew United Church of Christ, 1420 S. Gables Blvd., Wheaton.

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