Fredrik V. Thorsteinson Obituary

Posted: Thursday, October 14, 2010

Longtime Juneau resident Fredrik V. Thorsteinson, 90, passed away at home Oct. 7, 2010.

He was born in Seattle in 1920 to Kristinn and Elin Thorsteinson. He graduated from Ballard High School in 1937 and then attended the University of Washington until he left to serve in the U.S. Army from March 1943 to July 1946. He served as a first lieutenant with the 251st General Hospital in France. He was awarded the American Theater Service Medal; European African Middle Eastern Service Medal with one Bronze Star; and the World War II Victory Medal. After discharge, he returned to the University of Washington where he graduated in 1947 with a degree in zoology.

He went to work for the University of Washington Fisheries Research Institute as a fisheries biologist. He spent time working out of Ketchikan, near Anan Creek and Chignik.

He met his wife Jean in 1947 and they were married April 3, 1948 in Seattle. They lived in Seattle until 1957 when they moved their family to Douglas, where he worked for the U.S. Bureau of Commercial Fisheries. His work led him to many remote areas in Alaska including Little Port Walter and Olson Bay where he managed the research stations. Later in his career he was a fisheries administrator, and was involved with the U.S./Canada salmon treaty negotiations. He retired from the National Marine Fisheries Service in 1981.

He enjoyed sport fishing, hunting, and golf. He was a life-long stamp collector; an avid reader; and also enjoyed spending time with his family and faithful friend, his dog Tuffy.

He was a member of the Pioneers of Alaska Men's Igloo No. 6 for many years, and served in several offices including President and King Regent. He and his wife Jean were long time volunteers at Friends of the Library.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Jean; four children, Fredrik J. (Carol) of Juneau, Donald (Susan) of Petersburg, Lyman (Susan) of Bainbridge Island, Wash., and Carol (Brad) Austin of Juneau; nine grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 11 am on Nov.13 at the Douglas Methodist Church. Memorials may be sent to Hospice and Home Care of Juneau, 419 Sixth St., Juneau AK 99801 in lieu of flowers.

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