Theodore A. Olson
Olson Theodore A. Olson, died Feb. 13. at age 97. Dr. Theodore Olson was a life-long scholar who started in a one-room schoolhouse and graduated with honors from Harvard University (PhD in Biology) writing his thesis on the ecology of lakes in Minnesota. He was the last surviving charter member of Harvard's famed Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, and founded the Lake Superior Limnological Institute (to study the Great Lakes). A world renowned authority on water and sewage problems and on insect borne diseases, he was a traveling Fellow for the World Health Organization in 1955 and in 1963, helping third world countries deal with their monumental public health problems. He served as secretary of the American Public Health Association and was a member of countless scientific organizations. He authored over a hundred original papers and scholarly texts. But his most lasting contribution to science was the success of his students. In his 30 years as a professor in the U. of Minnesota's prestigious School of Public Health, he trained scores of talented graduate students. Sixteen of his proteges received Ph.D. degrees a record which has not been equaled. Today these students are themselves professors, practitioners, and Ministers of Public Health. They are spread all over the globe and have been prime movers in improving the health of poor people worldwide. Survived by his wife of 73 years, Grace, and three sons & daughters-in-law, Theodore Olson Jr. former mayor of Long Lake, MN (wife Jackie), Dr. R. Thomas Olson of Plymouth, MN (wife Linda), and Dr. Robert Olson of St. Louis Park, MN (wife Karen); eleven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Funeral Service 1:30 PM Monday, February 18, Mt. Olivet Lutheran Church (50th St. and Knox Ave. S) Minneapolis. Memorials: University of Minnesota Foundation Cedar Creek Fund College of Biological Science, 1475 Gortner Ave. Room 123, St. Paul, MN 55108.
Published on February 16, 2002
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