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Dr. Wayne C. Olson

Bradford, Vt. — Dr. Wayne C. Olson, 80, of Bradford passed away peacefully at home on Friday morning, July 19, 2013 surrounded by family. Dr. Olson was a retired minister in the United Church of Christ as well as a retired Instructor of Speech at Butler University and Indiana-Purdue University at Indianapolis. He is a noted scholar of the New England Transcendentalists including Emerson, Thoreau and Margaret Fuller. He founded the Indiana AIDS Pastoral Care Network. He graduated from Hope College and Western Theological Seminary and received an Ed.D from Teachers College at Columbia University. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Rosemary; by his children Kevin and daughter-in-law Amy, Kerry, Kendra and Kerwin; by his brother Allen “Ole” Olson and wife Joan and his sister, Judy Millar and husband Paul; by sisters-in law Dorothy Webster and husband Nevin; Linda Litherland and husband Eugene; and by his grandchildren Kira, Daniel, Shira, Lewis, Michael, Natalie, Ian and Laura. Donations may be made to the Bradford Congregational Church or to a charity of the donor’s choice.