A public memorial service for Ken Olsen was held at A. J. Gordon Memorial Chapel on Saturday, May 14. A reception at the Ken Olsen Science Center followed the service—the only public memorial service to honor Ken. The Olsen family had asked that the public service be held at the College because of Ken’s love for and longtime connection to Gordon.
Nearly 800 people attended, including former Digital Equipment Corporation employees—some from as far away as Japan and Australia. Among the speakers were the president of M.I.T., Dr. Susan Hockfield; Gordon’s president, R. Judson Carlberg; and Ken’s son, James Olsen, president of the worldwide Digital Alumni Association.
“This was a wonderful opportunity for the ‘family’ of DEC, Ken’s family and friends, the Gordon and M.I.T. communities, and many others to come together to remember and honor a great man,” said Dan Tymann, executive vice president of Gordon.
“Olsen saw science and Christianity as complimentary. And when he died on February 6 this past year at age 84, it was clear that the legacy he left for us was the same as what he’d begun at Gordon back in 1961: a vision for truth grounded in Scripture and explored in science.”
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The service was a wonderful opportunity not just to remember and honor a great man, but to connect with friends and colleagues.
From left: the Rev. Sherwood Stodel; Allan C. Emery III, and Gordon College president Jud Carlberg.
Friends, family members and former colleagues participated in the memorial service.
The memorial service took place in A.J. Gordon Memorial Chapel, named for the founder of Gordon College. The sanctuary was recently named in honor of Jud and Jan Carlberg.
James Olsen, Ken's son and president of the worldwide Digital Alumni Association.
The Rev. Sherwood Stodel, former pastor of Park Street Church in Boston, Massachusetts.
Peter Wilson, Trustee of the Stratford Foundation.
Jack Richardson, friend of Ken Olsen, director of Vision New England, former DEC director.
Peter Koch, Former DEC employee and president of the Digital Alumni Association.
Dr. Allan C. Emery closes the service with a benediction.
Guests enjoying the reception.
Gordon College First Lady Jan Carlberg and Andrea Tymann.
Artifacts from Ken Olsen's personal archives were on display.