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  • Bill Duncan
    ... From: Rita/Andy Olson Date: Tue, 29 Jan 2002 11:14:48 -0800 To: Bill Duncan Subject: Emailing: obituary Publish
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      FW: Emailing: Richard Hede's obituary
      From: "Rita/Andy Olson" <Fala77@...>
      Date: Tue, 29 Jan 2002 11:14:48 -0800
      To: "Bill Duncan" <Duncan@...>
      Subject: Emailing: obituary


      Publish Date: Tuesday, January 29, 2002

      HEDE, Richard Iver Charles, 75

      STOCKHOLM - Richard Iver Charles Hede, 75, died at a Bangor hospital, Jan. 27, 2002, after a short illness. Richard had survived open-heart surgery to replace two heart valves only to succumb to liver failure. Born in Stockholm, Oct. 7, 1926, to Hilma (Nelson) and Olof Elliot Hede, the fourth of 12 children, Richard led a rich and diverse life and will be sadly missed by his remaining seven siblings and numerous friends and relatives, with whom he had associated. Richard attended grade schools in Stockholm, Jackson and Bingham, graduating as valedictorian from the two-year Stockholm High School. Richard completed high school at Hillhouse High at the top of his class in 1944. Richard served two years in the U.S. Navy as radio/radar specialist from 1944 to 1946. After the service, he attended the University of Maine in Orono, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering physics; then at the University of Rochester Medical School under an Atomic Energy Commission Radiological Physics Fellowship Program, then continued the fellowship at Brookhaven National Laboratory in Yaphank, Long Island, N.Y., where he worked as radiation safety officer on the high-energy accelerator Cosmotron. In 1952, he worked at the Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska at College, Alaska. The following year, Richard did biophysical research (single crystal growth, infra-red spectroscopy and x-ray crystallography) and also some teaching at the University of Michigan Physics Department. Later he did research for several years on microbiology and the structure of DNA using bacteriophage. In 1957, Richard worked for the federal government in radiation safety (Radiological Defense) as radiological defense officer in Region One, covering New England, New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Island, developing programs and overseeing instrumentation grants. Richard had devoted enormous time to the Swedish Colony where he compiled the Centennial History of the area in 1970 and in 1981 the Stockholm Centennial Book. In 1989, he helped organize Maine's Swedish Colony Inc., the historical and preservation society to preserve the Lars Noak Blacksmith & Woodworking shop, the last one-room school house, and the Larsson/Ostlund log home. Richard was successful in obtaining a number of grants for the area and worked hard to obtain monies for the upkeep and operation of the Stockholm Historical Society Museum and the New Sweden Historical Society and Maine's Swedish Colony, Inc. buildings. Richard was dedicated to his siblings and lent assistance whenever needed. He was predeceased by his parents, his brothers, Nelson, Daniel and Keith; and sister, Bertha Rasmussen. He is survived by his brother, Howard of Stockholm; his brother, John and wife, Rosemary of Madawaska Lake; his sister, Janet Sandstrom and husband, Dale of Willow, Alaska; his brother, Harold and wife, Andrea of Eustis, Fla.; his sister, Gladys Merritt of Orono; his sister, Kathleen and husband, William McCormick of Palm Bay, Fla.; his sister, Patricia Mishou of Veazie; his good friend, Rena Hultgren of Madawaska Lake, as well as several nieces and nephews. A memorial service celebrating the life of Richard will be held 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, 2002, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Stockholm, with Fr. James Morgan officiating. A reception will follow the service at the church. Interment will be at Stockholm Cemetery, in the spring. Memorials in memory of Richard may be sent to Maine's Swedish Colony, Inc., P.O. Box 50, New Sweden, ME 04762; the Stockholm Historical Society, 280 Maine St., Stockholm, ME 04783; or to New Sweden Historical Society, P.O. Box 33, New Sweden, ME 04762. Envelopes will be available at the church or from Lancaster Morgan Funeral Home, 11 Clover St., Caribou.


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