2009-08-05 / Obituaries

Theodore J. Carlson

Theodore J. Carlson, former senior partner of the law firm Gould & Wilkie, of 1 Wall Street, New York, and former Chairman of the Board of Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation in Poughkeepsie, died peacefully on July 16, 2009, at the age of 90. Mr. Carlson's life was distinguished by his service to others.

Ted Carlson was born on January 4, 1919, in Hartford, Connecticut, the youngest of 8 children. His parents, Johann and Hulda Carlson, served as officers in the Swedish Salvation Army Corp in America. Inspired by the dedication of his widowed mother to the needs of the Montclair Corp in New Jersey, Mr. Carlson developed a lifelong devotion to the work of the Salvation Army. He served for many years as a member and chairman of the Greater New York Salvation Army Advisory Board.

Mr. Carlson also served as a captain in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II in France and Germany. After serving his country, Mr. Carlson attended Columbia University Law School and earned Juris Doctor and Master of Arts degrees. He was also Chairman of the Board of The King's College in Briarcliff, NY and the Christian Herald in Chappaqua, NY.

Ted Carlson served the people of the Hudson Valley through his work at Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation, where he promoted responsible development of the region and focused on improving communities. Mr. Carlson authored A Design for Freedom, a social analysis of the public utility process. Under his leadership, Central Hudson achieved a landmark legal victory to protect commercial free speech in Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp. v. Public Service Commission, an important case decided by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1980.

He was devoted to his loving wife, Jacqueline C. Carlson. In addition to his wife, Mr. Carlson is survived by his children, including daughters Stephanie Impellittiere, Victoria Nagel, and Antoinette Schleimer, and son Christopher Carlson. He is also survived by his sons- and daughter-in-law, nine grandchildren and his nieces and nephews.

Donations may be made to The Salvation Army of Greater New York , 120 W. 14th Street, NY 10011,or Faith Lutheran Brethren Church, P.O. Box 470, 480 Pleasantville Road, Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510.

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