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Carl A. Westerdahl
1937 - 2013 WILLIAMSTOWN Carl Arnold Westerdahl, of Prospect Street, passed away at home on April 3, 2013, following a long illness.
Son of Carl Arnold Westerdahl, Sr. and Elizabeth Houck Westerdahl, he was born in Newark, N.J., on Oct. 19, 1937, and reared in Gettysburg, Pa. He graduated from Wagner College in 1959, and served in the
Reserve from 1961-65.
He had a 34-year career in higher education administration, holding executive positions at Washington College, Chestertown, Md., and at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, N.Y., where he served as Dean of Students and as Director of Alumni and Community Relations
Upon "retirement," he co-authored histories of Rensselaer and of the Albany Academy, served as an active volunteer for the Glimmerglass Opera in Cooperstown New York (he established the College of Opera Knowledge to enable a wide circle of friends to learn about and enjoy opera), and founded a support group, "Wagner '59 and Friends," for his alma mater.
In Williamstown, he was an active member of the First Congregational Church, where he served as Co-Moderator, and the Williamstown Historical Museum, of which he was President. At various times, he volunteered with Clark Art Institute, A Better Chance, Northern Berkshire Community Coalition, and Williamstown Chamber of Commerce.
Energetic and enthusiastic, Carl had many interests, ranging from NASCAR to opera. He enjoyed American history, art, music, sports, sailing, dining, and travel, including "blue road" travel in the US to small cities. In October 2012, he celebrated his 75th birthday with more than 100 family members and friends.
Mr. Westerdahl was predeceased in 2001 by his first wife, Mary Church Westerdahl, and in 2008 by his son, Eric Jon Westerdahl.
He is survived by his second wife, Susan Stetson Clarke; his brother and sister-in-law, Bruce and Nancy Westerdahl of Penn Yan, N.Y.; his daughter and son-in-law, Maura K. Westerdahl and Thomas Mattice of Juneau, Alaska; his son, Carl H. Westerdahl and fiancee, Karen Larson, of Seattle, Wash.; his granddaughter, Elizabeth Mary Westerdahl, and her mother, Martha A. Westerdahl, of Williamstown, and his nieces and nephews.
Visiting hours will take place Tuesday, April 9, 2013, from 4 to 7 p.m. at FLYNN & DAGNOLI-MONTAGNA FUNERAL HOME, 521 West Main St., North Adams.
A memorial service, followed by a reception, will be held Wednesday, April 10, at 11 a.m. at the First Congregational Church, 906 Main St., (Route 2), Williamstown,
Donations in his memory may be made to the Williamstown Historical Museum, 1095 Main Street, Williamstown, MA 01267.
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This obituary was originally published in the North Adams Transcript.
Published online on Apr. 5, 2013 courtesy of North Adams Transcript.
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- Larry Estey
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- Andy Daniel
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- Paul Sicard
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