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April 3, 2011 by  
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From: Katherine

I found this Article in today’s Hartford Courant. Peter Tork’s father
died. Peter, my thoughts are with you.>Hartford “>>Hartford
Courant – Death Notices/Memoriams

Halsten “>>Halsten
John Thorkelson

Halsten John Thorkelson, 86, died Friday, (December 26, 2003), following a
brief illness. He was born May 3, 1917 in Madison, WI, to Halsten Joseph
and Mary (Carver) Thorkelson. He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 61
years, Virginia (Straus) Thorkelson, who died April 25, 2002. He leaves
four children, Peter H., Nicholas A., John C. (Chris) and Anne E.
Thorkelson; seven grandchildren, Hallie, Ivan, Eli, Molly, Cait, Ruby and
Erica; two nieces, a nephew and other friends and relatives. He was
educated in public schools in Madison, East Orange, N.J., and Kohler, WI,
and attended Carleton College from 1934-38, receiving a B.A. with Honors in
Economics. After graduating, he worked for a year in industry, then entered
the University of Wisconsin Graduate School in 1939. He worked as a civil
servant in the Dept. of Agriculture and the Budget Bureau in Washington,
D.C. from 1941-43, and for the Education Department of the United Auto
Workers in Detroit from 1943-45. In 1945, he was drafted into the U.S. Army
and commissioned a Second Lieutenant. He served in the Military Government
in Berlin, Germany, from 1946-48, locating housing for many displaced
persons. Returning to the University of Wisconsin, he completed his
graduate work (and Virginia her undergraduate work) in 1950. The family
then moved to Mansfield Center where he joined the faculty of the Economics
Department at the University of Connecticut. Apart from a year in Venezuela
(1963-64) as an economic planner for that government, and a year in Canada
as faculty member at the University of Saskatchewan, Regina (1966-67), he
remained in Connecticut the rest of his life. He taught at UConn until
1983. He was instrumental in the growth of the American Association of
University Professors and the Federation of University Teachers, and was
very active in organizing the Urban Semester Program. He was well-respected
by colleagues and students alike, one of whom praised Dr. Thorkelson as the
best of the economics faculty, citing his “incredible breadth of
knowledge.” Another colleague said, “Thorkelson was an inspiring teacher.”
Always involved in social and community affairs, the couple continued to be
active for many years after retirement, traveling, writing, and enjoying
the company of their many family members and friends. A memorial is planned
for the near future. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the
Niebyl Proctor Marxist Library, 6501 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, CA
99609-1113, or to Joshua’s Tract Conservation and Historic Trust, P.O. Box
4, Mansfield Center, CT 06250.

Published in the Hartford Courant on 1/5/2004.

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