In Memory

Kirk Nielson

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03/05/15 03:03 PM #1    

Nancy Whittaker (Ward)

Kirk Bryant Nielson passed away Dec. 31, 2001 of cancer.

He was the son of and is survived by his mother Jane Smith, and stepfather Dr. Homer E. Smith, whom he loved and admired very much, and his father Lester J. Nielson, Jr.

He graduated from Skyline High School, where he was valedictorian of his graduating class.  He received the Presidential Scholarship for four years to the University of Utah, where he received the Department of Chemistry Award for three years.  He then attended Medical School at the University of Utah, but went on to receive a Master's Degree in Chemistry.  He was a member of the Alpha Epsilon Delta, Phi Eta Sigma, the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Lauda.

He worked for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Salk Bio Tech Institute in California, and was a Senior Research Associate at Stratagene Cloning Systems, where he had many scientific papers published.  He was also granted patents while at Stratagene.

Kirk is survived by his half-brother Ashton Homer Smith, whom he truly loved and was very close to.  He also had step-brothers, Dr. Homer R. Smith, Redd H. Smith, and one step-sister Freya Smith Fletcher.  He also had three nieces and six nephews.  Kirk was the nephew of President Gordon B. Hinckley.  No services are being held, and he was cremated in San Diego, California.  A Family Service will be held on Sat., Jan. 5th, at 2 p.m., 2828 Craig Drive in Salt Lake City.




07/19/15 07:18 PM #2    

Alan Scott

Kirk was one of my best friends in high school.  He was one of the nicest and most honerable people I have ever met.  I remember reading his obituary, and felt like I had lost a member of the family - one that I hadn't seen for a while, but that didn't matter.  I miss Kirk.

One of Kirk's best traits was his ability to get along with everyone.  I don't think I ever met anyone he didn't like or who didn't like him.  Kirk was always smiling and seemed to know everyone.  We had hours of fun playing chess together and just hanging out.  I was always the vioce of trouble, he was always the voice of reason.  I always enjoyed the time we spent together.

Kirk was a good influence at school.  When I would have troubles focusing on homework, he would be the one to charge on, getting it done.  He studied hard - I learned later that he often studdied late at night and got up early the next morning cracking books.  He never flaunted his grades or successes - I still remember how surprised I was when I found out he was valedictorian.  Kirk was just a nice, humble, hardworking, sucessful man.

I caught up with Kirk in the early 90's.  He was living in San Diego, and I was visiting.  We wandered around the zoo and then had dinner, and we had a great time chatting about how our lives had progressed.  He really was happy working as a researcher in the biomedical field, trying to create drugs that would help people.  Still working hard, still making the world a nicer place.

Kirk, the world suffered a loss when we lost you.  And as I said, I miss you.

08/11/15 08:33 PM #3    

Blaine W. Brown

Kirk was an all-around great guy and smart as a whip.  I remember his interest in medicine, and I sought his advice at the 20-year reunion because of a career change I was making in the same direction.  I was sad to hear of Kirk's passing; I had wanted to look him up to tell him how it had worked out.  Alas, that conversation will have to wait.

12/19/15 10:11 PM #4    

Brett R. Dumbauld



Kirk was probably my best friend in high school and at the Univ of Utah for a bit.  He was as others like Alan commented a gentle and extremely smart man.  I saw him again briefly when he was in my wedding party - gosh 1980 = so long ago now.  I knew he worked at the U there, but that was the last I heard.  So sad to hear he is gone and yet great to hear that he had what sounds like a pretty nice science career helping others.  As you can tell having just now signed in to this thing 40 years after graduation -I'm not a very social guy so had lost track, but I'll miss him too!



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