Obituary: Nelson E. Pion, professor emeritus of Accounting

Nelson E. Pion, 70, of Amherst, professor emeritus of Accounting, died June 16 at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield.

Born in Central Falls, R.I., he served in U.S. Navy during the Korean War before enrolling at St. Francis College in Loretto, Pa., where he earned his B.S. He was awarded his master’s degree by Pennsylvania State University in 1965.

He joined the School of Business Administration faculty in 1964, serving as an instructor of Accounting until 1966, when he was appointed assistant to the dean. The following year, he was named assistant dean and director of the Undergraduate Counseling Center.

He obtained his Ed.D. through the School of Education in 1983 and was promoted to assistant professor. In 1985, he was appointed associate dean for Academic Matters. For many years, he coordinated a volunteer tax assistance program though which School of Management students helped low-income and handicapped persons complete their income tax returns. He retired in 1997 and was named professor emeritus of Accounting.

He leaves, his wife, Shirley R. (Hertzog) Pion; three sons, Daniel G., Douglas N., and Chris D.; two daughters, Mary Ann Libardi, and Aimee Jo Pion; three brothers, a sister, seven grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial donations may be made to the Nelson Pion Memorial Fund for the Lynn Katz Oncology Unit, c/o Baystate Health Foundation, 280 Chestnut St., 6th floor, Springfield, 01199.