Wednesday, January 01, 2003

Carl Paulson died peacefully on Thursday, December 28, 2002 after a long illness. He was 93. He is survived by his wife, Emily, after celebrating 59 years of marriage; his son, Carl Shepherd; and daughter, Caroline; his sister, Junice Bielke; and nephew, Randall Charles Bielke and his wife, Dantena. Carl Paulson was born in 1909 of
hardworking Norwegian ancestry in Galesville, Wisconsin, graduating as high school valedictorian. Electronics and early radio fascinated him. During tough economic times, he attended the University of Minnesota and the RCA Radio School of Chicago. He worked hard for several electronic firms, obtaining his radio Operator License. He
found work as a radioman on tugboats and tankers in the 1930s. In wartime, he repaired radio equipment for American Airlines, and later on worked briefly at Los Alamos. Building his own TV set from scratch after reading a magazine article about it, he was hired by CBS and worked as a technician during the early days of television in the development of color television, and later in a division of the first video recording. He spent his vacation time in extensive travel with his family, and sometimes worked as a radio officer on some of the big luxury liners to South America and the Mediterranean. Ham radio was a passion his whole life. He planned and constructed two fine family homes. In retirement, he helped maintain three properties until his late 80s. He was a devoted member of the Wallkill Reformed Church for many years, and actively helped out friends and neighbors in his closely-knit community. He was a member of the Orange County Radio Club, Wallkill Historical Society, Wallkill Chamber of Commerce, and the Rockland County Audubon Society, and helped with Meals on Wheels. He had a tremendous energy for hard work and a great interest in how things worked. He was always explaining the "how and why" of things. He was a real problem solver. He was known to all as a wizard, who with his magic fingers could fix almost anything. Attaining an incredibly high degree of technical skill, he also had an abundance of down to earth common sense "know-how." He never liked to waste time and practiced clean living with a healthy lifestyle, enabling him to focus great energy towards his family and many accomplishments. Visiting hours are from 2 to 4:30 p.m., Sunday, December 29 at the Wallkill Funeral Home. The memorial service is Monday, December 30 at 11 a.m. at the Wallkill Reformed Church. The Rev. Keith Tamlyn will officiate. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Wallkill Reformed Church and the Historical Society of Shawangunk and Gardiner. Arrangements were made by the Wallkill Funeral Home, Wallkill.