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David W. Nelson
Age: 50
Occupation: Senior Vice President
Worked for: Carr Futures
Originally from: St. Louis, MO
Resided in: Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY
College: Johns Hopkins University '73

I didn't know David, but thought his name should be here.
Submitted by: Jay Dooling ()

Other links: A Man of Many Careers: NY Times
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From the Johns Hopkins University Web Site

David W. Nelson had survived attacks before. After graduating from Hopkins in 1973 with a bachelor's degree in behavioral sciences, he went to work for Baltimore's social services department. During his yearlong stint, he was shot in both legs in a random act of violence. He recovered from those wounds.
On September 11, the father of two worked as a senior vice president for Carr Futures, a global institutional brokerage firm with offices on the 92nd floor of the World Trade Center's north tower. Due at a meeting in uptown Manhattan, he never made it. He was 50.

His sister Barbara Goldman, a counselor at an elementary school near Ballwin, Missouri, heard the news from their father, Warren Nelson.

"I've worked through grief with people as a counselor," Goldman told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch soon after the attacks. "But I've never understood what it means to lose a brother. Especially a brother so kind as David."

David Nelson's first love was music. When he inherited his parents' station wagon to drive from St. Louis to Baltimore around 1970, among the belongings stuffed in the back was his beloved French horn. He would later play for the St. Louis Philharmonic Orchestra and the symphony in Evansville, Indiana. He briefly studied music at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston.

In 1980, David Nelson went to work for his father's company, Clayton Brokerage, in St. Louis. "It was a complete change of life for him. From music and social services to going to work for a brokerage company," says his father. "What he found out was that the demand for French horn players is far smaller than the supply."

While working for Clayton, David Nelson caught the eye of Dean Witter, and landed a job in that firm's offices in New York (the company later became Morgan Stanley Dean Witter, and the commodity division was sold off as Carr Futures). His New York job took him far from the neighborhoods of St. Louis and Baltimore--to Paris, London, Zurich, and into Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and other Middle Eastern nations. "He had customers in the Middle East who have called to say what a great person he was and to say that this [the terrorism] isn't Islam," Warren Nelson says.

Adds David's mother, Betty: "Someone wrote that there aren't many men in this world you can trust, but he was one of them. What was special about David, I think, is that he was sensitive to other people's feelings."

David Nelson lived in Brooklyn with his wife, Elizabeth Crawford, a New York artist who specializes in meditative still life oil paintings. In the weeks before her big art gallery opening, on September 7, Nelson took their two children, Frederick, 4, and Ingrid, 8, to a ranch in Oregon to give his wife a chance to ready her show. She hosted the opening at the Jack Shainman Gallery in Manhattan without a hitch. A day later, the couple celebrated their 17th wedding anniversary.

David Nelson is also survived by his brother, Robert Nelson, and sister Marcia Wilson. Memorial donations are being handled by the Carr Futures World Trade Center Memorial Fund, account number 1893629, The Northern Trust Company, Attn. Robin D. Levin, B-2, 50 South LaSalle St., Chicago, IL 60675. The company's Web site is www.carrfutures.com.

Carr Futures lost 69 employees in the terrorist attack. In an open letter to employees, families, and all Americans, the company's chairman and president wrote: "The tragedy and loss of human life is almost unbearable." --JCS
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28 Jan 2002

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