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DR. CARL B. GUSTAFSON, 89
Ocala - On September 9, 2011, the world bade farewell to Dr. Carl B. Gustafson, a wonderful father, husband friend and man of knowledge, peace and compassion. His life journey began on May 29, 1922 on a farm in Worthington, Minnesota. He earned his B.A. from Gustavus Adolphus College in 1943. He earned his B.S. in 1954 and M.A. in 1956 from the University of Minnesota. In 1975, he earned his Doctorate in Educational Supervision from the University of Southern California. He was commissioned at Yale University, McDill AFB and Barksdale AFB as a Flight Engineer in the United States Army Air Corp and later in the United States Air Force. Employed by the Department of Defense, he was the Superintendent of Schools in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Mediterranean.

Upon retirement from Federal Service, Carl was the Deputy Director for the Greater Boston Regional Education Center. He retired again as Acting Superintendent of Education from Massachusetts. He enjoyed final retirement in Ocala, Florida. He volunteered with the Marion County Correctional Facility teaching inmates about the brain and the process of thought.

Very active within his church, The First Congregational UCC, he designed and constructed a Labyrinth to be enjoyed by the entire community.

Dr. Gustafson is preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Alice and by his wife May, an equally loved and compassionate person. Dr. Gustafson is survived by his companion, Pearl Mayer and loving family: son Robert (Lisa), daughter Mary Campbell (John), grandchildren, Audrey Campbell, Thomas Gustafson (Jennifer), great-grandchildren, Aurora and Robert.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, October 13, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. at First Congregational UCC, 7171 SW State Road 200, Ocala FL 34476. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Carl's name to First Congregational UCC.

Published in Ocala Star-Banner from October 9 to October 10, 2011

Note:  Dr. Gustafson was the first Principal at Dreux AHS - 1960/61 and 1961/62