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Memorial for Nelson S. D'Andrea Du Bois, Jr.

Born in Darlington, SC on Apr. 24, 1930
Departed on May 1, 2017 and resided in Vienna, VA.
Service: Saturday, Jul. 22, 2017
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Nelson S. D'Andrea Du Bois, Jr., 87 died unexpectedly on Monday, May 1, 2017 at Fairfax Hospital after a sudden-onset illness. He was born in Darlington, South Carolina and raised in Washington, DC. He graduated from Cardoza High School prior to attending Howard University where he received Bachelor's and Master's of Science degrees in mathematics and physics. He went on to receive a Doctorate of Philosophy in mathematical statistics from the University of California Berkeley: he was the first African-American to do so. Before entering the work force he completed a post-doc at the University of California at Los Angeles.

While living in California, Nelson held technology positions with the California Department of Health and TRW Systems. After relocating to New York, he held senior management positions at NBC and RCA before becoming a vice president at Chase Manhattan Bank. Nelson brought leading technology and management solutions to these businesses. Some of Nelson's most notable accomplishments include contributions to the trajectory systems for the Minute Man Missiles and devising a systematic method for uniquely identifying an individual from available personal information. Nelson always maintained a presence in academia while working in the public and private sectors. His academic endeavors included professorships at Howard University and State University of New York, as well as a prestigious visiting lectureship at Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel. He was also a lifetime member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity.

Nelson was committed to serving his Scarsdale, NY community and did so by taking on leadership roles with the Red Cross and United Way. This commitment carried over into his relationship with his church, St. James the Less, where he served as a lay reader, teacher, and vestry member. He also served on the Episcopal Bishop of New York's Finance Committee. After relocating to Northern Virginia, Nelson volunteered with Fairfax County Parks and Recreation and his Home Owners Association.

Nelson was a private family man. He was an avid golfer and looked forward to playing golf with his wife twice a week during the spring and summer. He never forgot that his early career success was a result of his pursuit of higher education, something his mother insisted upon. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Evelyn Andrews Du Bois, and two adult children in whom he instilled the love of learning.

A memorial service will be on July 22. To honor Nelson's life, memorial gifts may be given in his memory to The Church of The Holy Comforter, 543 Beulah Road, Vienna, VA 22180 or to Howard University, Washington, DC. Online condolences and fond memories of Nelson may be offered to the family at

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