Joseph T. Nelson III, 70, consumer finance spokesman

December 20, 2003

Joseph T. Nelson III, a longtime resident of Gibson Island who worked as a spokesman for a major consumer finance company in Washington, D.C., died of heart disease at his home in Vero Beach, Fla., on Sunday. He was 70 and had lived in Florida with his wife for the past 10 years.

Mr. Nelson worked for Household International Inc. for 30 years and ran the company's public relations office in Washington. He also served on industry committees with the American Financial Services Association, the National Council on Savings Institutions and the National Association of Manufacturers.

Born and raised in Baltimore, Mr. Nelson attended Gilman School, where he played lacrosse, and went on to graduate from Princeton University. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War.

Mr. Nelson enjoyed competitive yacht racing on the Chesapeake Bay and was a former commodore of the Gibson Island Yacht Squadron. An avid golfer from an early age, Mr. Nelson also collected Russian lacquered boxes, took travel photography and made fishing rods.

A memorial service will be held after the holidays. He will be interred at St. Christopher by-the-Sea Church on Gibson Island in the spring.

He is survived by his wife, Suzanne; four sons, Dana Nelson of Ocean City, Thomas Nelson of Deerfield Beach, Fla., and Willie Nelson and Sid Nelson, both of Vero Beach; his mother, Louise Reynolds of Baltimore; and one grandson.

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