ROGER KEITH OLEN
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SEPTEMBER 30, 2013
Roger Keith Olen of Fort Myers, FL, formerly of Belmont, MA, was born in Minneapolis, MN, died of complications due to Parkinson's Disease, on September 30, 2013. Son of the late Oscar Manne Olen and Ingrid Stjernstrom Olen. Survived by wife Katharine (Standish) Crone Olen, brother Richard Dale Olen, and sister Jane Olen Johnson. Also survived by sons Mark Louis (wife Beth) Olen, Steven Merrill (wife Jie) Olen, and James Keith (wife Ngozi Bolin) Olen, and grandsons Michael Louis Olen, Thomas Morgan Olen, Matthew Li Olen, Phoenix Zaoku Olen, and granddaughter Zieozi Katharine Olen.
Rog grew up in Minneapolis, MN, and spent his summers working on his Uncle Jack's farm in Norbeck, SD. He graduated from Marshall High School in Minneapolis at the age of 16 in 1948, and attended the University of Minnesota, earning a BSEE degree in 1953. He also studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloane School where he earned an MBA degree, graduating in 1955.
He proposed to Katharine Standish Crone on Thanksgiving in 1955, and they were married on June 23, 1956 at All Saints Church in Belmont, MA. After three years in the Army, living at the Watertown Arsenal, Rog and Kit moved to Belmont in 1959 to raise their three sons, remaining there for fifty years, until moving to Fort Myers, FL in 2009. Diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease in 1999, Rog and Kit moved from The Landings Waterfront Community to the Cypress Cove Senior Living Community in 2012, where Rog received wonderful care from the staff at The Lodge's rehab/skilled nursing facility.
In 1964, Rog founded Thornton Associates, Inc., with two fellow MIT graduates, where he served as the company's president and treasurer, and was joined by his brother Dick. Under their leadership the company grew and prospered, supplying nearly every major semiconductor manufacturer worldwide with critical processing technology. After selling the company to Mettler Toledo International in 2000, Rog retired, and he and Kit began wintering in Florida, eventually relocating there permanently in 2009.
When he wasn't spending time with his family or at his company, Rog could often be found working out at Bentley College where he was an active member of the Falcon's Nest, a group of local business executives that support academics and athletics at what is now Bentley University. Rog enjoyed spending his summers at Squam Lake in New Hampshire, and researching his and his wife's ancestry..
A private service is being held for the family, followed by burial in Belmont, Massachusetts. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Rog's memory to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research at https://www.michaeljfox.org would be sincerely appreciated. On line guest book at brownandhickey.com
Brown & Hickey Funeral Home
36 Trapelo Road
Belmont, MA 02478
Published in The News-Press on Oct. 4, 2013