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Dr. Edward G. Olsen

Dr. Edward G. Olsen, 92, Brookings, died Oct. 30, 2000.

He was born March 26, 1908, in Portland.

He earned an A.B. at Pacific University, a masters degree and a doctorate in education at Columbia University. He also earned a B.D. from Union Theological Seminary.

Dr. Olsens career as a professional educator took him to Colgate University, Russell Sage College, Washington State University and California State University, Hayward.

He was a leader in the Community School Education movement, which helped school districts develop systematic community education programs, his family said.

He served for 15 years as intergroup human relations director for the Chicago region of the National Conference of Christians and Jews.

In 1958, he was awarded a Fulbright Grant to serve as community education consultant to the University College in Harare, Zimbabwe, Africa. He is listed in Whos Who in American and in the International Whos Who.

Later, he joined the education faculty at California State University, Hayward and retired in 1973 with the rank of professor emeritus.

Dr. Olsen produced six books on community education. One of those books was the first American college textbook authorized for translation and publication in Japan after World War II. The book School and Community is now in the Chetco Community Public Library.

He was a founder and board member of the Chetco Community Council, a director of the county education service district and a member of the Unitarian Fellowship.

He was a Rotarian and edited and wrote much of the Rotarys book Then Till Now: A Social History of the Brookings-Harbor Community.

Survivors are his wife Pauline Olsen, Brookings; son Douglas and daughter Marcia.

Also surviving are seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Brookings-Harbor Scholarship Foundation, P.O. Box 7673, Brookings, OR 97415 or the Chetco Community Public Library, 405 Alder St., Brookings, OR 97415.

Arrangements are under the direction of Scantlins Brookings Mortuary Chapel.


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