Harold Paul Olsen
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AGE: 80 • Lakewood
Harold Paul Olsen of Lakewood, NJ and Gulfport, FL, died Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012, in Ocean Medical Center, Brick, at the age of 80. He lived in Brick Township and Toms River prior to moving to Lakewood in 2005. He was a public high school Social Studies teacher for 36 years before retiring in 1992. Paul taught the last 32 years of his career at Brick Township High School. He previously taught at Summit High School in New Jersey. He also taught part time at Trenton State College, Seton Hall University, the Talmudic High School of Central New Jersey and Carteret Prep. Paul earned a BA in political science and a MA in Secondary Education from Seton Hall University and a MA in history from Columbia University. He also did graduate work at Rutgers and Columbia Law School. Mr. Olsen was twice president of the Brick Township Education Association and is a retired member of the National Education Association and the New Jersey Education Association. He was also the manager of Rudy's Tavern in Newark from 1952 until 1968. Paul served two years in the Army and was honorably discharged. He has been a friend of Bill W. since 1992. He has been an active member of the Lakewood Heritage Commission and the Lakewood Historical Society for the past 12 years. Paul is also a member of a men's social club, the Skylarks, since 1947.
Surviving are his wife, Marion Stavitsky; a daughter and son-in-law, Drs. Bonnie Olsen and Arnie Starr of Laguna Beach, CA; a son and daughter-in-law, James and Ginger Olsen of Chino Valley, AZ; and a son and daughter-in-law, Hal and Audrey Olsen of Ithaca, NY. Also surviving Paul are a step daughter, Abby Stavitsky of Silver Spring, MD; and a step-daughter and son-in-law, Ellen Stavitsky and Ivor Fergus of Maplewood, NJ. He is also survived by 2 granddaughters, Melissa and Sarah Olsen of Ithaca, NY; grandson, Noah Starr of San Francisco, CA; and three step granddaughters, Ilana and Eva Rocke of Silver Spring, MD and Leah Fergus of Maplewood, NJ. He was also the proud and loving grandfather of the late Chelsea Olsen.
Paul lived with two principles always in mind. One, that family is the greatest part of life. Two, that he hoped that the world would be in some way a better place because he was here.
A memorial service will be held in September.
Published in Asbury Park Press on Aug. 22, 2012