After 14 years of working as a research support scientist in the School of Food Science, Jim Nelson has retired. A celebration in his honor was held on July 16th at UI’s Agriculture Science building.
Jim played an integral role in the success of Food Science research by working with students, managing lab supplies and equipment, assisting with grant writing, coordinating and conducting his own research projects, and interacting with those in industry. Jim was always willing to learn and take on new responsibilities and is the consummate team player. He was quick to embrace and promote the joint program between the University of Idaho and Washington State University and made an effort to be active and attend events on both campuses. Even more than that, Jim is an outstanding person who did the intangible little things to make his lab not only efficient and successful, but a pleasant place to be.
On more than one occasion, Jim and his wife Sue willingly took in “homeless” graduate students into their basement while they were in a housing transition time. Jim took a personal interest in the lives of the graduate students, and treated them like family. Jim even earned an Alumni Award for Faculty/Staff Excellence based on his impact with one particular student.
At his celebration, many friends and colleagues came to send him off with well wishes. He plans to spend some quality time in retirement enjoying his hobbies of hunting and fishing.
We thank you for the dedication, loyalty and support you have provided through all the years. Your contributions to our school have been invaluable. You are an outstanding Vandal and your presence will certainly be missed at the University of Idaho.