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Athletic Hall of Fame

Nelson Spies

Nelson "Bud" Spies


At Rochester:

  • A three-year letterman, and captain senior year, for the University's basketball team
  • Was the team's scoring leader all three years, and as a senior held the record for most points per game for a long time
  • Called the "best player he ever coached" by Coach Lou Alexander
  • Class President for last three years, Vice President of the Student Association as a senior
  • Graduated from the University in 1938 with a baccalaureate degree in Economics


  • Earned an MBA in Sales Management from Harvard Business School in 1940
  • Worked for Eastman Kodak Company for two years (1942-1944) before entering military service where he was a naval supply officer stationed in Guam
  • He returned to Kodak in 1946 and remained there for 32 years before retiring in 1978 as the Personnel Director of Kodak Office
  • Founding Board Member (and first president) of the Rochester Mental Health Center
  • Member of Volunteer Alumni Network, a Trustee with St. Thomas More Church, and a volunteer for the Red Cross Blood Program and the Rochester Friendly Home