Purdue University Northwest Building Being Named For Former Professor

Apr 15, 2019

Dr. Nils K. Nelson, organic chemistry professor, retired from Purdue University Northwest and bequeathed a multi-million dollar gift to the school
Credit Purdue University Northwest

HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — A building at Purdue University Northwest is being named in honor of a former professor who left about $8 million from his estate for student scholarships and professorships.

The Purdue University Board of Trustees recently approved the official naming of the Nils K. Nelson Bioscience Innovation Building, which is under construction in Hammond, Indiana, and is set to open in fall 2020.

Nelson grew up in Farmington, Missouri. The organic chemistry professor retired in 1991 and died in 2017.

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