In memoriam: Ronald Nelson

VERTIC mourns the passing of trustee Ronald Nelson, and extends its deep condolences to his family and friends. Dr. Nelson passed away in South Dakota on 9 May, after having suffered a stroke. 

The Board of Trustees opened its 11 May 2011 meeting by silent minute. Sir Hugh Beach, co-chair of the Board, said a few words in remembrance.

‘Ron’s death was sudden, and his absence is already deeply felt,’ said Andreas Persbo, VERTIC’s Executive Director, adding that ‘he was a fine member of the charity, with a deep commitment to our mission and our values. Above all, he was a gentle and thoughtful man. I will miss his company, his insights, and his impressive knowledge.’

Dr Ronald Nelson was Director of Administration, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, from August 2005 to December 2010. He also served as Budget and Planning Officer from 1993 to 2002 at the OPCW and its Preparatory Commission.

He held a B. A. degree from the University of South Dakota and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Duke University (1967). He taught history and political science at Western Carolina University, the University of Maryland (European division), and the University of South Dakota. He was the Representative of the Secretary of Defence to the Conference on Disarmament from 1985 -1989 and again in 1989 – 1992, where he participated in negotiating the Chemical Weapons Convention. He had thirty years military service, retiring with the rank of Colonel.

He was on the Board of Directors of the American Foreign Policy Council since 1982. He joined VERTIC's Board of Trustees in 2010.

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