WESTFIELD, NJ – Since the passing of Westfield High School Principal Dr. Derrick Nelson, there has been an outpouring of support from the community.

Nelson, 44, died last month from complications following his bone marrow donation to a boy in France. Dr. Nelson served as a school administrator in Orange before coming to Westfield schools in 2010. He began his teaching career in his hometown of Plainfield. Nelson also had served in the Army Reserve for over 20 years.

A college fund has been established for his daughter, Morgan K. Nelson, said Kim Schumacher, a school counselor at Westfield High School.

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“A lot of people from our community want to help and they don’t know what to do,” Schumacher said. “This is a great thing for people to contribute to if they really want to make a difference because that’s what Derrick was all about. He was about making a difference.”

The college fund, also called a 529 account, has been established for Morgan with Wells Fargo in Cranford.

Checks can be made payable to “Sheronda S. Braker for the benefit of Morgan K. Nelson.” Checks should be mailed to:

Wells Fargo
2 North Avenue West
Cranford, NJ 07016
Attention: Peter Jackowitz

In the memo line of the check, donors are instructed to write the following account number: 7805-9027.

Eager to help, the Westfield Area Chinese Americans Association organized a collection among its membership last month in Dr. Nelson’s honor.

Westfield High school students from WACAA presented a check of $5,385 to the school for the family, said Sarah Wu, president of the Westfield Area Chinese American Association.

“The fund reached over $5,000 within a week as the Chinese community, like everyone else, was deeply touched and saddened by the passing of such a selfless and courageous person,” Wu said.

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