Nantucket, MA — Lars Olof Soderberg, 85, died peacefully of natural causes at home in Madaket, Nantucket on Tuesday, July 30.
Lars was born in Pittsburgh, Pa., in 1928 and was raised in Weston, Mass. He began summering on Nantucket in the 1940s with his parents, Dr. C. Richard and Stina Soderberg. He and his wife, Nancy, became full time island residents in 1992.
He was a graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy (1945) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (B.A. 1949 and M.A. 1953). He pursued his career in mechanical engineering, working at Raymond Concrete Pile, M.W. Kellogg Engineering, the Rouse Company, and Williams Brothers Process Services, where he was Vice President of Operations, responsible for all engineering and project management operations, both domestic and international, including serving as Managing Director of a World Bank sponsored fertilizer plant in Bangladesh. He later worked for Research-Cottrell and Engelhard Corporation in New Jersey before retiring in 1992. He served on the boards of Nantucket Community Sailing, the Madaket Conservation Association, and the Nantucket Land Council.
A proud veteran, Lars served as an officer and paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Infantry during the Korean War at Ft. Benning, Ga. He was the New England Collegiate Heavy Weight Wrestling Champion in 1948 and 1949. He was also an avid bicyclist and loved to sail his Flying Dutchman, “Kalija,” and, later, model sailboats. A skilled woodworker, he carved exquisite furniture in the Chippendale style and 19th century-style Swedish clocks. He was president of the MIT Club of Baltimore, Md., a member of the Nantucket Yacht Club and the Madaket Admiralty Club.
Lars is survived by his wife, Nancy, their four children, Sigrid Pinsky (James) of Palo Alto, Calif., Nancy of Jacksonville Beach, Fla., Lars (Jane) of Denver, Colo., and John (Melissa) of Columbus, Ohio; eight grandchildren; and his brother, C. Richard (Nancy) of Camden, Maine.
ARRANGEMENTS: A private burial service will take place in Lawrence, Mass. A memorial service will be held at St. Paul’s Church at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, August 9.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that gifts be made to the Madaket Conservation Society or the Nantucket Land Council.