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 Charles Hugh Neilson

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Charles Hugh Neilson

Birth
Death 10 May 1995 (aged 62)
Anchorage, Anchorage Borough, Alaska, USA
Burial Fort Richardson, Anchorage Borough, Alaska, USA
Plot L, 67
Memorial ID 44695120 View Source

Dr. Charles Hugh "Chuck" Neilson, 62, died of cancer May 10, 1995, at his Anchorage home surrounded by family.
A celebration of life will be at 1 p.m. Monday at All Saints' Episcopal Church. Burial will follow at Fort Richardson National Cemetery.
Dr. Neilson was born Aug. 8, 1932, at the family homestead in Rome Corners, Ohio. He received national honors in high school and later from Otterbein College in Westerville, Ohio, where he received a bachelor's degree. In 1958, he obtained a doctorate in medicine from the University of Cincinnati, and later a master's degree in public health administration from the University of California at Berkeley.
In 1959, Dr. Neilson moved his family to Kotzebue and began a 30-year career with the U.S. Public Health Service, retiring in 1992. His early days in the Arctic required taking bush planes, boats and dog teams to villages to treat patients for many diseases rarely seen today. His experiences in the Arctic fostered a lifelong love and respect for the Alaska Native people and their culture, his family said.
Dr. Neilson served as deputy director and chief medical officer of the Alaska Area Native Medical Service and medical director of the Alaska Native Medical Center. He developed a medical student training program that brought medical students from across the United States to Alaska to serve in rural hospitals.
Dr. Neilson's honors included Outstanding Federal Employee of the Year for 1981. He was honored for reducing the number of cases of tuberculosis and infectious diseases in infants and for his administrative skills and kind and caring manner.
His family said: "Dr. Neilson's greatest pleasure came from his family. He was an excellent cook, artistic and creative, loved animals and had a wonderful sense of humor."
He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Patricia; sons and daughters-in-law, Steven and Lori and Bruce and Dusty of Anchorage, and Michael of Seattle; daughters and sons-in-law, Cynthia and Rodney Bales and Christel and Robert Jones of Anchorage; sisters, June Barr of Ohio and Dorothy Ward of Texas; grandchildren, Scott and Jocelyn Jelich, Alison Jones, and John and Kacie Neilson, all of Anchorage; and cat, Oreo.
Memorial donations may be sent to the Hospice of Anchorage, 3605 Arctic Blvd., Suite 555, Anchorage 99503; or Brother Francis Shelter, 1021 E. Third Ave., Anchorage 99501.
Arrangements were handled by Evergreen Memorial Chapel.
Published in The Anchorage Daily News on May 14, 1995 on Page B4.


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