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Nelson Howard Bryant (1917 - 1994)

 

Bryant Generation 10

Descendant # 4

 

8 Bryant, Nelson Howard (from picture) 2

 

1.   Nelson’s parents: Courtney Smith and Maud Elise (Reynolds) Bryant

 

2.   Nelson’s birth: 19 September 1917 at his parents’ residence on Route 12 just outside the Village of Greene, Chenango County, New York.

 

Nelson’s death: Thursday, 22 December 1994, age 77, at Thompkins Community Hospital, Ithaca, New York from complications of leukemia.  His remains were cremated.  It was Nelson’s wish that his ashes be scattered in the Adirondack Mountains of New York, where he loved to relax.

 

3.   Nelson’s formal education:

 

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School Name, Location, Diploma/Degree

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1935

Greene High School, Greene, New York

1935

1939

Cornell University, Ithaca, New York; BS degree majoring in Electrical Engineering

1946

1949

Cornell University, Ithaca, New York; Student and instructor; earned Master of Science Degree majoring in Electrical Engineering.

 

4.   Nelson’s military service:

 

From

To

Location, Service

1944

1946

US Navy Reserve; Electronics Officer.  Attended radar schools at Bowdoin College and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  Supervised installation and repair of radar and loran equipment at the Brooklyn Navy Yard and other Navy Bases until September 1946.

 

5.   Nelson’s marriage:

 

Bryant, Nelson George & Gertrude (Thomson) #.jpg

 

     a.  To whom: Gertrude Louise Thomson (photos) (more info)

                  Tommie

 

(1)  Tommie’s parents: John Clarence and Edith (Wadeleigh) Thomson

 

(2)  Tommie’s birth: July 1920.

 

Tommie's death: 12 September 2012.

 

     b.  Marriage date & location: 1943 in the Chapel of Riverside Church, New York City, New york.

 

Tommie met Nelson through Nelson’s sister, Madeleine.  Tommie and Madeleine were waitresses in the New York City area during their summer vacations from college.  Madeleine told Tommie she had a brother living in East Orange, New Jersey working for the Westinghouse Electric Corporation as an electrical engineer and asked if she would like to meet him.  Tommie said “Sure.”  In Tommie’s words: “I thought he was too good a dancer, too good looking, and several other things.”  However, she was wrong.

    

     c.  Children:

 

(1)  Bruce Patton Bryant: Born 1947.

 

(2)  Jane Carlisle Bryant: Born 1951.

6.   Nelson’s employment history:

 

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To

Employer, location, job title

 

 

 

1939

1944

Westinghouse Electric Corporation Lamp Division, Bloomfield, New Jersey; electrical engineer.  Helped develop designs that led to patents on methods for carbonizing tungsten filaments, as well as circuits for starting fluorescent lamps.

1944

1946

US Navy Reserve during World War II.

1946

1949

Cornell University; Graduate Assistant – taught Electical Engineering courses

1949

1953

Cornell University, Ithaca, New York; Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering.  Also consulted with various electrical research and manufacturing organizations.

1953

1955

Cornell University, Ithaca, New York; Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering. Also consulted with various electrical research and manufacturing organizations.

1955

1956

Stanford University, Palo Alto, California; sabbatical leave to study radio wave scattering phenomina.

1956

1962

Cornell University, Ithaca, New York; Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering. Also consulted with various electrical research and manufacturing organizations.

1962

1963

University of Pennsylvania Johnson Foundation for Medical Research; sabbatical leave to continue study of bioengineering and direct a number of master’s theses focusing on blood chemistry instrumentation.

1963

1973

Cornell University, Ithaca, New York; Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering. Also consulted with various electrical research and manufacturing organizations.

1973

1985

Cornell University, Ithaca, New York; Professor of Electrical Engineering.  Also consulted with various electrical research and manufacturing organizations.

1985

1994

Cornell University; Professor Emeritus.  Continued to consult on electrical engineering issues.

 

7.   Nelson’s addresses:

 

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Address

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

322 Highland Road, Ithaca, New York 14850

 

8.   Nelson’s organizational affiliations:

 

From

To

Organization, offices held

 

 

Green Aces Dance Band; Ithaca, New York – trumpet player

 

 

Cornell Symphony Orchestra – trumpet player

 

 

Ithaca Concert Band – trumpet player

 

 

American Institute of Electrical Engineers; life member

 

 

Tau Beta Pi Engineering Society.

 

9.   Other biographical notes on Nelson:

 

 

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