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Tuesday, January 2, 2024

RIP John K Nelson

We just learned that John K. Nelson has recently died. John was the guest of the Cuke Podcast posted a couple of days ago. The actual conversation took place in October. while he was in Victoria, British Colombia where he had some teaching gig. He had moved to Eugene, Oregon, in recent years after retiring from the University of San Francisco. John has been a friend of mine and Cuke Archives for about twenty years. I first met him when he invited me to speak to his class on Zen at the USF. One of the books that was required reading for the course was Thank You and OK! 

Condolences to his widow and son, Max, who sent the following message.

On the morning of December 18th,  John Nelson passed away suddenly at the age of 70 in Eugene, Oregon. We were all taken completely by surprise as he ate healthy, exercised regularly, and had no obvious indicators of an oncoming medical event.  (On a personal note, I encourage everyone reading this to write down your logins and passwords on paper and store them somewhere your loved ones can find them, as this entire process would have been made even more difficult without those records. I actually told him it was a bad idea, but now I’m glad he didn’t listen to me.)

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[not to be confused with John E. Nelson, our dear departed dharma brother who was with the SFZC for years]]