Edward S. Carlsson Jr., 1950

Dr. EDWARD S. CARLSSON JR., passed away on Christmas day at the Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center. Born at the same hospital on Aug. 14, 1926, to Dr. Edward S. and Pernella (Golberg) Carlsson, Edward spent most of his life in La Crosse with several years of his retirement residing in Sarasota, Fla. Upon graduation from Central High School, where “Tex” was a star basketball player, he married his high school sweetheart, Mavis Christopherson. They enjoyed 67 years together. He then enlisted in the U.S. Army and served during World War II as a medic in the Pacific Theater. After returning home, Edward continued his education and graduated in 1950 from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and biology. As a graduate assistant at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Edward completed his graduate work in labor and management and received his Ph.D. in business administration in 1955. Dr. Carlsson then began a series of high-level administrative positions including Secretary-Treasurer and Director of Industrial Relations for Northern Engraving and Manufacturing Company in La Crosse. He was the first Vice-President for finance at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, and beginning in 1966 and for the next 25 years until his retirement in 1991, he was the Chief Administrator of Gundersen Clinic, where he oversaw its growth from 42 doctors to over 240 doctors with 24 regional community clinics. Upon his retirement, Edward and Dr. Edward S. Carlsson Sr., together had given 75 years of service to the Clinic. Edward also published a number of articles on problems of management, administration and public relations. As a member of the Medical Group Management Association, he was a distinguished guest lecturer at the association’s international meetings. In 1990, he received the Administrator of the Year award from the American Group Practice Association. His activities were not limited to his professional duties. Edward participated in numerous civic activities. He served on the Board of Directors of the La Crosse Chamber of Commerce, the La Crosse Public Library, the Rotary Club, the La Crosse Country Club, the La Crosse Cooler Corporation and the Exchange State Bank. He also had served as president of the La Crosse Country Club, the La Crosse County Mental Health Association, the congregation of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in La Crosse as well as Secretary-Treasurer of the Board of Trustees of Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center. In addition, he found time to be the La Crosse area chairman of Luther College’s Vanguard fund drive. Because of his extensive involvement in community service, Luther College honored Edward with its Distinguished Service Award in 1975. Edward was an avid tennis player, winning numerous city-wide and La Crosse Country Club titles. His other favorite pastimes included golfing, fishing, singing, playing cards and teaching the younger generation cribbage. Edward was a proud member of the Old Guard and the Assembly. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mavis, on March 3, 2012; his parents; a sister, Ingrid Ann Fisher; a brother, the Rev. JOHN CARLSSON ‘55; a son-in-law, Dr. Bruce Garber; and a granddaughter, Mandy Marie Stoll. Edward is survived by his daughters, Mary (Thomas) Stoll, of Bradenton, Fla., and Kathryn (Dr. Gregory) Ludden of Appleton, Wis.; grandsons, Dr. David (Katie) Ludden, Dr. Christopher Ludden, and Matthew Ludden; and great-grandsons, Jackson and Gabriel Edward Ludden. He is also survived by a brother-in-law, Dr. Marion Smith; a sister-in-law, Ivy Carlsson Arlandson; and many nieces and nephews. Edward’s kindness, generosity, guidance, strength of character and love of people will be greatly missed by all those whose lives he touched. The family wishes to thank the physicians and staff of Fourth Center for their compassionate and thoughtful care. A memorial service was held on Saturday at English Lutheran Church, La Crosse. The Rev. Mark Solyst and the Rev. Melinda Pupillo officiated. A reception followed at the La Crosse Country Club. Private inurnment took place in the Oak Grove Garden Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in Edward’s name at the Gundersen Medical Foundation, 1836 South Ave., La Crosse. The Schumacher-Kish Funeral Home of La Crosse is assisting the family.