Stephen J. Nelson '69 and Janet Cooper Nelson Endowment in Honor of Professor Lou Hammann '51

Stephen J. Nelson '69 and Janet Cooper Nelson Endowment bookplatePurpose

Religious Studies and Philosophy

About the Donor

Stephen Nelson and his wife Janet Cooper Nelson (Wellesley ’71) established this fund to honor Professor Lou Hammann and to recognize the impact of his powerful intellectual curiosity and profound teaching on generations of Gettysburg College students. Stephen, a religion minor and history major, was one of those students.


Stephen’s career has been dedicated to higher education. He earned his PhD from the University of Connecticut and has worked in academia as an administrator, professor, researcher and writer. Stephen notes, “Over the years, it became increasingly clear to me the extraordinary impact Professor Hammann had on my life and my career. He meant so much to me in and out of the classroom and we have remained close. Janet and I could think of no more appropriate gift to underscore the stature of Lou’s love of life and learning than this endowment.”

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