SUTTON - Paul Fridtjof Knudson, 81, of Birch Hill Road, died suddenly May 7, 2012, at the Concord Hospital.
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He was born in Newton, Mass., on April 19, 1931, the son of Clarence and Virginia Knudson.
A well respected composer, pianist and musician, Paul graduated from Harvard University, class of 1953. He taught at Adelphi University and Rutgers University.
Paul had been the organist and choir director for South Church in Concord, the Congregational Church of Henniker and churches in Sussex County, N.J., where he was the conductor of the Northwest N.J. Orchestra and the Sussex Opera Company.
He had written hundreds of compositions for choirs, orchestras, operas and instruments, some of which are available for loan at the Baggaduce Lending Library, Blue Hill, Maine.
Paul was a member of the United States Power Squadron, having sailed his 30-foot Pierson from northern Canada down the U.S. Atlantic Coast to Key West and the Bahamas.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Eleaner (Berlinghoff) Knudson; one daughter, Robin Knudson; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
services: A funeral service will be held on Friday at 4 p.m. at The United Church of Warner.
The Chadwick Funeral Service of New London is assisting the family with arrangements.
Published in Union Leader on May 9, 2012