Arthur Olsson

Arthur Olsson

Thursday, July 24th, 1924 Thursday, February 27th, 2020

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Obituary for Arthur Gilbert Olsson

Arthur G. Olsson of Nashua, NH passed away peacefully on February 27, 2020 at the age of 95. Art was born in Patchogue, NY on July 24, 1924, the son of Axel H. and Agnes (Ahlin) Olsson. After graduation from high school in Bayport, NY he attended the RCA Institute in NYC prior to entering the United States Army in March 1943. He served with General George Patton's Third Army during and after the Battle of the Bulge. His 1258th Engineer Combat Battalion was put in charge of preparing the courtroom for the Nuremberg War Crimes trials.
Discharged from the Army in January of 1946, Art attended the University of Chicago, graduating with a bachelor’s in philosophy. In 1947 he married Georgia Franklin and continued in graduate school, finishing just shy of a Ph.D in philosophy. In 1951, he returned to Long Island where he became a partner in a precision optical company. Art and Georgia had four daughters together.
In 1957 Art and his family moved to New Hampshire. Art was employed by RCA in Burlington, MA where he worked for 30 years as an Engineering Scientist in the design of computer hardware and software.
Art was active in the Nashua Symphony Association, serving on the board for a number of years with 10 of those as President. He played violin in the Symphony for more than 35 years, and also played the viola in the Nashua Chamber Orchestra. He acted as senior advisor to the Orchestra’s board of directors. He was a member of the Amateur Chamber Music Players, performing with various chamber groups in Europe and the United States.
Art was a member of the Unitarian-Universalist Church of Nashua and served as the first treasurer of the newly formed White Wing School. He sang in the choir for 25 years, taught Sunday School, and served 6 years on the Executive Committee, with 2 years as President.
Art worked for the Democratic Party in several election campaigns, serving as a delegate to NH Democratic State Conventions. Appointed by the late mayor Dennis Sullivan, he served on a citizen's advisory committee to recommend a course of action to computerize the city's tax system. He then was appointed to the first Capital Improvements Committee in the early '70's, to prioritize spending for major city projects. In 1978 he was made a Trustee of the Moses Hunt Lecture Fund, continuing in this post until recently.
Art was a lifelong member of the YMCA, where he was a fixture until the age of 95.
Art was predeceased by his brother Alden Olsson of Bayport, NY, daughter Sandra Coronis and grandson, Michael Coronis.
In addition to his wife of 33 years, Jane Hanle-Olsson, Art is survived by daughters Gwen (Frank) Garland, Michelle (Charlie) Wall, and Lynne (Michael) Hujsak; son-in-law Greg Coronis; 8 grandchildren, and 3 great-granddaughters. He is also survived by stepchildren Mary Tamposi, Matthew Spaloss and Stephen Spaloss.
The family would like to thank the staff at the Courville, Greenbriar, and Merrimack Hospice for their outstanding, compassionate care.
Burial will be held privately at the New Hampshire Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen, NH. There will be a celebration of Art's life at a later date.

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George Szok

I had the joy of being part of the Nashua Chamber Orchestra between the years 2000 and 2010 in which Art was a violist, a friend and a true mensch. It was an honor to have known him and Jane and I have missed them both since we moved away from the Nashua area. I aspire to contributing just a small fraction of what Art did to the community at large.
Comment | Posted at 01:47pm via Condolence

Beth Welty

I have been a friend and admirer of Art since I met him in 2005 when I joined the Nashua Chamber Orchestra. He was a true renaissance man, involved in so many different interests and activities. His friendly presence in the orchestra was always one of the things I particularly enjoyed in each rehearsal and concert. I remember thinking how much my dad would have loved to meet him, as they were both WWII vets, and Art had some really interesting stories he told me about his service during that war. A true gentleman...I will miss him very much!
Comment | Posted at 09:54am via Condolence

Ellen McCormick

Jane and family, memories of Art (mostly musical) bring a smile to my face. His wisdom and talents enhanced and broadened many lives. Ellen and Jim McCormick
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Pam Jordan

I was very sad to learn of Art's passing. As another YMCA regular, I enjoyed speaking with Art about subjects ranging from Russian (we both would speak it a little with each other at times) to politics and music. He made everyone he met there--and I would guess everywhere else--feel special and loved. I extend my deepest condolences to Jane and the rest of his family.
Comment | Posted at 07:41pm via Condolence

Paula Super

I'm sorry to hear that we have lost a good man. Quiet, intelligent, with interesting things to say.
Comment | Posted at 06:05pm via Condolence

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