George L. Nelson, 101, Salt Lake attorney and former president of the Deseret News Publishing Co., died Sept. 22, 1998, at the home of a son, Robert L. Nelson.

Mr. Nelson, who was honored in 1988 by the Utah State Bar Association for more than 66 years of membership in the bar, practiced law until he was 97 in his own firm, Romney Nelson and Cassity.After graduating with a juris doctorate from George Washington University in 1922, he joined a fellow graduate and friend, Vernon Romney, in founding their Salt Lake law firm. They worked together until Mr. Romney's death in 1976. He also was associated with his (Mr. Nelson's) son-in-law, Donn

E. Cassity, and Mr. Romney's son, Vernon B. Romney, in the practice of law.

Mr. Nelson was a director of the Deseret News for 16 years, vice president for three years and president for three years beginning in 1963 of the newspaper's board. He later became the Deseret News' legal counsel. Earlier he was a deputy Salt Lake County attorney.

He was a member of the first committee to draft the Utah Rules of Civil Procedure, was a trustee of LDS Hospital, a Rotarian, a U.S. delegate in 1957 to the annual conference of the Inter-American Bar Association in Buenos Aires, Argentina. And he was a member of Phi Delta Phi and Sigma Chi.

In the LDS Church, he was president of Monument Park Stake for 18 years, was the first bishop of Edgehill Ward and a counselor in the Bonneville Stake presidency. He was a patriarch until five years ago in the Monument Park Stake.

Funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Mount Olympus 5th Ward chapel, 3610 E. 3510 South. Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at Wasatch Lawn Mortuary, 3401 Highland Drive, and from 9 to 10:45 a.m. Saturday at the ward building. Burial will be in Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park.