MINNEAPOLIS - Legendary Augsburg College coach and athlete Edor Nelson passed away Wednesday morning, just days after a huge celebration to mark his 100th birthday.
Nelson's century celebration on the Augsburg campus was attended by hundreds of alumni, friends and student-athletes at a ceremony where a new video scoreboard was unveiled on the outdoor athletic field that bears his name, Edor Nelson Field.
"Last week we celebrated Edor's 100th birthday in the company of more than 200 of his former students and friends. I'm personally grateful that we were able to recognize his legacy by dedicating our new scoreboard in his honor on the Edor Nelson Field," said Augsburg College President Dr. Paul Pribbenow in a message to the campus community on Wednesday.
A memorial for Nelson will be held on Friday, Sept. 5 at Nokomis Heights Lutheran Church in south Minneapolis (5300 10th Ave., S., Minneapolis, MN 55417). Visitation will be from 12 to 1 p.m., with the memorial service following at 1 p.m.
Nelson coached Augsburg's baseball team from 1946 to 1979, leading the Auggies to seven Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championships. He also served as head coach of the Auggies football team from 1947 to 1969. Nelson helped start Augsburg's wrestling program in 1949, coaching the squad until 1963. His team won Augsburg's first MIAC wrestling title in 1961. He also helped to re-start the Augsburg men's hockey program, coaching in the 1956-57 season.
A native of Dawson, Minn., Nelson graduated from Augsburg in 1938. He was a three-sport athlete at Augsburg, playing baseball, football and basketball, earning all-conference honors in baseball and basketball.
With information from www.augsburg.edu