John Oleson ’72

30 July 2012

Class: 1972

Residence: Williamstown, MA

Deceased: July 20, 2012

John S. Oleson of Old Mill Road Williamstown, born in Pittsfield March 7, 1950 died at home Friday, aged sixty-two. He graduated from Mt. Greylock High School in 1968 and attended Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. Self-employed as a gardener generally, he also raised hens, vegetables and strawberries; his foundling dogs – Blue, Pippy Longstockings, Noni and Dusky; with a neighbor and friend, Tara, a marvelous cow, Ellie, who resides in Bennington, Vermont, and with his mother, Phyllis, two birds, Robin Hood and Meister. Like a good spring in a dry summer John ran plentifully, clear and cold. To young and old, to educated and uneducated, to healthy and sick he was a beloved friend always anticipated; to his brother and mother, cherished. His wide sympathy for others, his reserve in judgement and profound attention to the world he encountered are his legacy. He enjoyed especially puzzles, wordplay and conversation, and the good earth. His brother Niels he leaves.

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