Nelson E. Noel, of Princeton, NJ died peacefully on December 2, 2012 after a long battle with heart disease. Born in North Adams, MA on July 14, 1938 to Alice Rowley and Edgar Noel, Nelson settled in Belle Meade, NJ with his wife, Altina, in 1969. They later moved with their three children to Princeton, NJ, where he lived for the last 29 years. Nelson was a loving husband and proud father of three children. Passionate about international travel (especially family trips to his wife's native country, Brazil), history, and math, he also loved opera, and crossword puzzles. He was a great fan of international soccer, his beloved Boston Red Sox, and Alabama's Crimson Tide. Nelson's generosity and compassion were evidenced by his contributions to country and community. He was honorably discharged from the United States Army in 1963 after serving a tour in Germany, was a treasurer for the Montgomery United Methodist Church, served as an usher at Princeton Presbyterian Church, and volunteered his time on the Princeton Elections committee, and with The United Way. Following studies at the University of Alabama and graduation from Rider College in 1966 with a bachelor's degree in accounting, Nelson began his career as a securities analyst at Merrill Lynch in New York City and earned a master's degree in business administration from New York University. During his 34 year career he travelled the world extensively in analyst roles for various firms on Wall Street and earned repeated recognition as an all-star fixed income analyst by Institutional Investor and the Wall Street Journal. He retired from Moody's Investor Services as a Vice President in 2000. Nelson is survived by his wife of 45 years Altina; his sister Janice Hamilton of Chicago; his three children and their spouses, Marilene Noel Bysshe and Robert Thomas Bysshe, Seattle, WA, Linda Noel and Scott McGoldrick, Princeton, NJ and David Rowley Noel and Kristen Armstrong Noel, Seattle, WA; and his four grandchildren, Cameron Bysshe, Olivia McGoldrick, Julia McGoldrick and Jackson Noel. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his name can be made to the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro, 3626 US Highway 1, Princeton, NJ 08540 (609) 497-4190. A private burial will be held at Princeton Cemetery. A memorial service celebrating his life will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, February 8, 2013 at Trinity Church at 33 Mercer Street in Princeton with a reception immediately to follow at Springdale Golf Club at 1895 Clubhouse Drive in Princeton.