James E Nelson passed away April 14, 2015 with his loving wife Jan and daughter Deborah at his side.

He was 82, lived an amazing, hard-working life as an educator and Gig Harbor photographer.

Jim graduated with a B.A. from the University of Puget Sound. He pledged and was president of Sigma Nu where he made lifelong friendships. His first teaching job was at Curtis in University Place for two years and then he returned to UPS as Dean of Men and Director of Admissions, earning a M.A. at the same time. Jim became an officer of the College Entrance Examination Board in Palo Alto, CA, a and served twenty years as a Vice President of the College Board in New York City. He was director of all Federal Student Aid Programs for the federal government for one year.

Retiring to Gig Harbor, Jim continued his service in education as a director of two different state educational associations (WERA and WCHSCR). He had life long passions for learning, fishing, canoeing and politics. He remained tied to the landscapes of the Pacific Northwest, photographing the natural beauty around him. Jim won numerous awards with pictures published in numerous local and regional periodicals, as well as in internet sites and ads for tourism and visitorís bureaus.

Jim loved his family: Janet, his Stadium High School sweetheart and wife of 62 years; daughter Deborah (Stephen), Cle Elum, and sons Robert (Sue), Florida, Richard (Cindy), Arizona, and Ronald (Janine), New York City; grandchildren Jared, Laura (Matt), Jenifer, Kyle and Reid, and great-grandson Owen. Also, his sister Patricia (Allen) Hill and brother Gerald (Marcia) Hartman.

The family thanks those at Cottesmore of Life Care for their compassionate care. At Jim's request, no memorial service will be held. Remembrances are suggested to the American Heart Association or to your favorite charity.



Gig Harbor and the Puget Sound area are the natural focus for their pictures, but our other favorite subjects include our cat friend, Sheila, and scenes from our travels in the United States and around the world.

The past few years, he won a number of awards for his images. Several tourism and visitorís bureaus feature his scenic works on their web sites and in their ads. The WatersEdge Gallery in Gig Harbor features, frames and sells many of his photographs.

Clicking on a picture below will link you to many more of his images. Please enjoy them

Click on the shot of the Bee & Flower above for a sample of "Favorites" To get to our Gig Harbor file, click on the above photo, or the one at the top of the page. Clicking on Jan's Cedar Burl Abstract will take you to a wide choice of photo subjects.
If you would like to have copies of any of our images, please let us know. We'll respond by e.mail and be pleased to work out details with you. Our photography is copyrighted and all rights are reserved worldwide - images may not be used without our permission.

Jim and Jan Nelson