Dr. Kenneth H. Neldner

February 15th, 1927July 15th, 2017

A Memorial Service will be held at the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church on Saturday, August 26, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.

Kenneth Herbert Neldner M.D., formerly of Boulder, Colorado, died on Saturday, July 15, 2017 in Lubbock, Texas of complications of Alzheimer’s disease and pneumonia.

He was born on February 15, 1927 at home on the Neldner farm in Lewiston, Minnesota.

He married Lillian Luella Vera Hafner on February 4, 1950 in Lewiston, Minnesota. They were married for 55 years, until her passing in 2005.

Kenneth was a physician, specializing in Dermatology. His education included a B.A. degree from the University of Minnesota in 1949, a M.S. in Biology in 1951 from Colorado University, a Medical Degree in 1955 from the University of Minnesota, an Internship at Ancker Hospital in 1955-56 in St. Paul, Minnesota, a Residency in Dermatology at the Mayo Clinic and Foundation from 1960-63, a M.S. in Dermatology in 1963 in Rochester, Minnesota, and a Dermatopathology certification in 1975.

His career spanned over five decades. He was a General Practitioner in Menomonie, Wisconsin from 1956-1960. After completing his residency, he began a Private practice in Dermatology in Boulder, Colorado from 1963 to1967.  His love of education, took him to the University of Colorado Health Science Center in 1965, where he began as a Clinical Instructor and then progressed to Assistant Clinical Professor and finally an Associate and then full Clinical Professor in the Department of Dermatology by the time he moved on in 1983.  He divided his Denver years between UCHSC and The Denver Skin Clinic in private practice with his partners, Dr. Henry Lewis and Dr. Micky Mandel.  After raising, educating and seeing their three daughters married, Ken turned his sights back to full time academic Dermatology and they moved to Lubbock, Texas to accept a position as Professor and Chairman of the Department of Dermatology at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.  Here he combined his love of research, education and leadership in this complex role. Nutrition was a strong interest as it played a major role is both Acrodermatitis enteropathica (A.E). and pseudoxanthoma elasticum (PXE), his lifelong disease specialties. He participated in identifying the gene responsible for PXE and lectured on PXE internationally. Ken served as Chairman from 1983-1993.  In 1994 until his passing, he was honored with the Professor Emeritus title.

Kenneth is a WWII Veteran.  He served in the U.S. Army Air Corp, enlisting as soon as he graduated High School in 1944.

His Curriculum Vitae includes membership in over 60 Societies and committees.  He published over 122 books and articles and spoke at meetings and conventions worldwide.

He was a member of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, in Lubbock, Texas. Sunday was always church and family day.

His hobbies included visiting the family cabin in the Colorado Rockies, which he built along with his family, running and hiking, tennis, photography, developing and printing, mycology (study of mushrooms), and most importantly, ICE CREAM with chocolate sauce!

Kenneth was preceded in death by his father, Herbert Fredrick Neldner and mother, Anna Emelia Stein Neldner. He is survived by daughters: Dr. Katherine Neldner of Oakland CA, Marabeth Neldner Cooper of Vista, CA and Linda Rene Neldner Sheridan of Longmont, CO and their spouses: Tom Gadek, Steven Cooper and Timothy Sheridan; brother, Bud Neldner and wife Donna live in La Veta, CO; and grandchildren: Stephanie Cooper Valenzuela and husband Nicholas Valenzuela, Emily Gadek, Andrew Cooper and Kate Gadek.  A great grandson is on the way in September.

Visitation will be held at Darrell Howe Mortuary, 1701 W. South Boulder Road Lafayette, CO 80026 on Friday, July 21, 2017 from 9:00 to 12:00 noon, followed by a graveside service and interment officiated by Pastor Dan Hansen at Green Mountain Cemetery, 290 20th Street Boulder, CO 80302 at 1:00PM.

Donations to the Alzheimer’s Association would be greatly appreciated, should you want to donate in Kenneth Neldner’s name. Online donations may be made at: www.alz.org/donate


Vistation will be held at Darrell Howe Mortuary of Lafayette on Friday, July 21, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon. A Graveside Service will be held at Green Mountain Cemetery in Boulder on Friday, July 21, 2017 at 1:00 p.m.



A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, August 26, 2017 at 2:00 p.m., at the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 1706 Slide Rd, Lubbock, TX 79416.









What a wonderful man Dr.Neldner was. I was a patient at Denver Skin clinic ffrom 1978-1981. What an excellent doctor! My condolences to his family...
I want to express my condolences to Dr. Neldner's family, and my deep appreciation for the work that he did. Though I never met him, his life and work had a deep and lasting impression on me, as NAPE provided my first window into the understanding of my disorder when I was newly diagnosed with PXE 30 years ago. As I sought information on a condition with which my primary care providers had little or no familiarity, Dr. Neldner and the organization he founded gave us hope and let us know we were not alone. So often, we never learn the full impact of our loved one's life and work. To quote Helen Keller, "I am only one, but I am still one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something." Dr. Neldner did so much for so many; today, the one thing I can do is to say thank you. Blessed be.