Nelson Collingwood Hyde III obituary

July 12, 1956 – May 2, 2022

Nelson was born in 1956 in Utica, NY to Nelson Collingwood Hyde, Jr. and Katharine Earle (Looker) Hyde of Clinton, NY, and grew up in Richmond, Virginia. He developed a love for the outdoors while camping and scouting in the mountains and on whitewater canoe trips on Virginia’s rivers. Nelson was an Eagle Scout and spent summers as a counselor at Camp Shenandoah. He graduated from Woodberry Forest High School in Virginia in 1974, where he was elected a prefect (dormitory student councilor) by his peers.

Nelson graduated from Duke University in 1977 with a degree in United States History. He was married to college sweetheart Joan Scruggs Hyde from 1978 to 2015. Nelson and Joan taught high schools in Wilmington, North Carolina, and an international school near Athens, Greece. Making the most of the teachers’ holidays, they explored the Greek islands and different parts of the world with other teachers who would become lifelong friends. Ferry trips to the islands usually started with Nelson asleep on deck recuperating after a long semester and ended with the travelers singing together around his guitar. Nelson is remembered as a particularly caring and dedicated teacher, academic advisor and dean.

The couple returned to the United States to pursue graduate studies at the University of Michigan, where Nelson earned an MBA in 1985. He worked in strategic marketing and organizational change with the consulting firms Navigant and Holden Advisers in Boston before moving to Austin to raise a family. Colleagues remember Nelson’s keen intelligence and ability to communicate with clients to find thoughtful solutions to their needs. He was a loving companion and a proud supporter of Joan’s career.

Nelson completely adored his children Austen and Reese. He brought a sense of fun, silliness and creativity to even the most mundane tasks. Carpools were enlivened by impromptu stories featuring a magical cement mixer, and Nelson once transformed a refrigerator box into a teal port-a-potty costume for a neighborhood Halloween party. Later, Nelson enjoyed leading Boy Scout camps and was an enthusiastic audience member for Austen’s musical and theatrical performances and Reese’s technical theater design.

The family attended Westlake United Methodist Church in Austin, where Nelson played guitar in worship with the Foundation Band. Many WUMC members also remember serving alongside Nelson and Reese in ministries providing meals and clothing to those in need. Nelson is remembered for his kindness and compassion to everyone he met.

Nelson returned to Boston in 2014 and worked for GE’s medical division and Iron Mountain. He was a devoted member of Ruggles Baptist Church and played guitar with the worship team there. After retiring in 2019, Nelson returned to live as an expat in Guatemala, volunteering at an orphanage and school for Mayan children.

Nelson is survived by his children Austen Hyde and Reese (Frances) Hyde, their mother Joan Hyde, Nelson’s mother Katharine Earle Hyde, brothers Dana (Laney) Hyde and Thomas (Sue) Hyde, and cousins ​​Arthur Mitchell , Kathy Mitchell Nevins and their families.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. CDT on Saturday, September 24 to celebrate Nelson’s life at Westlake United Methodist Church, 1460 Red Bud Trail, Austin, Texas 78746, and broadcast live on

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Nelson’s memory to Austin’s Mobile Loaves and Fishes, the Westlake UMC “Westlake UMC Service Ministry fund” or the Heffter Research Institute.

Posted on September 20, 2022

Posted in Austin American Statesman

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Westlake United Methodist Church, 1460 Red Bud Trail, Austin, Texas 78746 live stream at

September 24, 2022 at 15:00

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