Madeline Brill Nelson (1924-2017)

Madeline Brill Nelson was born on May 8, 1924 in Portland, Oregon. She grew up in her grandfather’s house on SW Montgomery Drive and Jackson Street, attended Hillside School and Catlin Gabel in Portland and Stanford University. She was a bio-chemistry major and continued in college despite her engagement to Roscoe Nelson in 1942, whom she married upon graduation in 1946. Roscoe was 11 years her senior and a practicing attorney when they married. They were married for 41 years. Madeline’s father, Isador Brill, was Chair of Medicine at St. Vincent’s Hospital and a good friend of Rabbi Yonah Geller. Madeline and Roscoe were very active in the Portland community, both secularly and Jewishly.