Albert Nelson "Nels" Dingle (b. May 22, 1916 - d. June 14, 2011) served on the Ann Arbor City Council as a Democrat representing Ward 4  from April 1958 to April 1960

Timeline: A. Nelson Dingle

  • 1981 December: Regents Proceedings, page 157. Named Professor Emeritus of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science.


Albert Nelson Dingle, 95, of Rochester, died Tuesday (June 14, 2011) at Seasons Hospice.

Nels, as he was known to everybody, was born May 22, 1916, in Bismarck, N.D., the second of six children of the late Nan and Victor Dingle. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife of 53 years, Eleanor Nelson, three brothers and two sisters.

Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 14 years, Florence Altenbernt; his daughter, Karen Imboden of Frederick, Md.; his son, Timothy of Ann Arbor, Mich.; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Nelson attended high school in St. Paul and earned a Bachelor's Degree in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Minnesota, Institute of Technology in 1939. He earned a Master of Science in Meteorology in 1945, and a Doctor of Science in Meteorology in 1947 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He taught Meteorology and Cloud Science at the University of Michigan until he retired in 1988.

Classical music was a great love of his, and he supported the Arts wherever he lived. He sang in the choir of Zion Lutheran Church in Ann Arbor and was very active in Lutheran Social Services of Michigan. He was also active in the Desert Hills Lutheran Church of Green Valley, Ariz., where he sang in the choir and started the Men’s Bible discussion group called the Bookmen.

A memorial service will be 1 p.m. Thursday at Shorewood Commons in Rochester, with the Rev. Jason Bryan-Wegner of Zumbro Lutheran Church officiating.

Memorials are suggested to Mayo Clinic Alzheimer’s Research, Rochester, MN 55902.

Mahn Family Funeral Home-Rochester Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Friends may sign the online guestbook at