Chemistry and Biochemistry

Nelson Kent Dalley, 1935-2012

Posted: Jul 09, 2012

Nelson Kent Dalley peacefully left this life on Friday the 29th of June, 2012. Speaking on his behalf, I (Jane) would like to share a sketch of his life.

The time has come for me to leave this interesting and beautiful world. Let me share with you a little about me now that I have, so to speak, come and gone. On February 21, 1935, I was born in Pontiac, Michigan to Stanley and Lenore (Pinnock) Dalley. My sister's name is Carolyn (Earl Snell). Gary was my younger brother's name and his wife's name is Cheryl. Gary and Earl passed away several years ago. I loved my family very much.

I went to schools in Pontiac, graduating from Pontiac High School. Then I started attending the University of Michigan. Before finishing there, I was called to serve a mission in the Northwestern States. Most of my two years were served with the people in Alaska. It was on to Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah and then the University of Texas in Austin. During this time I received the following degrees: Bachelor of Science, Master of Science and a Ph.D..

While working on a Postdoctoral Program at Argonne National Laboratory outside of Chicago, I met Jane Greer who lived in Aurora, Illinois. A short time later we were married in the Manti Temple. By now it was really time for me to start working. Actually, I really wanted to become a professional baseball player, but you know how things go. I became a Chemistry Professor and taught at B.Y.U. for 32 years. My main interest was Crystallography and I collaborated with colleagues on more than 150 publications. I certainly enjoyed working with such fine, capable people.

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