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Dr Magnus Olson

Sør-Fron kommune, Oppland fylke, Norway
Death 2 Mar 2002 (aged 92)
Saint Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota, USA
Burial Unknown
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A memorial service honoring Magnus Olson will be held Sat., Mar. 9 at 2 p.m. at Prospect Park Community Methodist Church, Mpls.

Magnus, who emigrated with his parents to Proctor in 1921, was Emeritus Professor of Zoology at the University of Minnesota. He died Mar. 2, 2002 of pulmonary failure. He was 92.

He was born June 29, 1909 in Sor Fron, Gudbrandsdal, Norway. His parents were Ole and Elen Olsen. Magnus graduated from Proctor High School in 1928, Duluth Jr. College in 1930 and St. Olaf College in 1932. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Minnesota in 1934 and 1936 and was a member of the University of Minnesota Zoology department staff from 1938 until his retirement in 1977. He was Head of the Department for ten years and was awarded the Horace Morse designation for Outstanding Teaching in 1976. Magnus was a Captain and preflight instructor in the U.S. Air Force from 1942-45.

Magnus is survived by his wife of 62 years Norma Moe Olson, daughter Ellen Rebecca (Michael) Stannard of Calif., son Stephen (Margaret Hals) of Norway, two granddaughters, and a great-granddaughter.

Magnus was a quiet, dignified, gentle man held in high regard by all who knew him and he was a man of many gifts—talented illustrator, card designer and water colorist, wood carver and furniture builder. He was an ardent fisherman, camper and skier.

The service is at University Avenue at Malcolm & Orlin S.E. Memorials to Coffman Condominiums or to the charity of your choice are welcome.


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