Dwayne Nelson – Biography
Dwayne was born and raised in Beloit, Wisconsin. He received his undergraduate degree in Spanish from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He met Elaine, his wife of 44 years, in graduate school at Indiana University.
Dwayne served in the U.S. Army in the Panama Canal Zone, then worked in Chicago for 25 years as a corporate research librarian before becoming the youth services librarian at Town and Country Library in Elburn for twelve years, where he continues to serve as a part-time reference librarian.
Dwayne fondly remembers being part of the 100 member Beloit YMCA Boys Choir, an ensemble quite quite well-known at that time. The choir performed at the Minnesota State Fair, the New York World’s Fair, Carnegie Hall, and the U.S. Capitol Rotunda where the choir was greeted by then Senators Proxmire and Nelson.
Dwayne has always had a love of music, with a preference for classical. He recalls when he became a student at the University of Wisconsin receiving a gift from his parents, a portable record player for his dorm room. The first record set he purchased was Beethoven’s Nine Symphonies conducted by Herbert von Karajan and the Berliner Philharmoniker (DG).
Today Dwayne listens non-stop to music, and especially enjoys worship music through his church. He also enjoys time with adult children Matt and Stephanie and their families.