James Richard Nelson

Age 74 of Haddonfield, NJ

On April 10, 2021, age 74, a 7-year resident of Haddonfield, formerly of Scotch Plains, NJ for 31 years; Beloved husband for 52 years of Linda (nee Cox); Loving father of Christopher J. Nelson (Jessica) of Mt. Royal, NJ and Daniel S. Nelson (Margaret) of Haddon Twp., NJ; Doting granddad to Lydia, Anna & Jack; Caring Uncle Jim to his many nieces, nephews and their children; son of the late William T. Nelson, Sr. and Elma Aalto Nelson and brother of the late Joan Mattia & Tom Nelson.

Jim was raised in Bellmawr and a 1965 graduate of Triton Regional HS.  He held a B.S. degree from Rutgers Univ. (Camden), an M.S. degree from Rutgers (New Brunswick) and a J.D. from Rutgers (Camden).

Jim used his love of science, his fascination with medical and drug research, and his knowledge of the law in his long patent law career.  After working at a New York City patent law firm and being partner at a Westfield, NJ patent firm, he joined the Schering-Plough Corporation, now part of Merck & Co., as group patent counsel in 1985.  He retired from Schering 20 years later as staff vice president and chief patent counsel.

Jim’s family will receive friends on Saturday, April 17th, 9:30-10:15 am at the Lutheran Church of Our Savior, Wood Lane & Wayne Ave., Haddonfield, NJ; where his Service will follow at 10:30 AM.  Folks are also welcome to attend virtually via the Lutheran Church of Our Savior’s Facebook page (   Interment, private.  In lieu of flowers, friends and family are invited to honor Jim’s memory with gifts to further lung transplant research.  Checks can be made out to Columbia University – Lung Transplant Program, with a note that the gift is made in memory of Jim Nelson.  Please send checks to the attention of Jamie Montgomery, Columbia University Irving Medical Center, Office of Development, 516 W. 168th Street, Floor 3, New York, NY 10032.


Arrangements by Kain-Murphy Funeral Services of Haddonfield, NJ.