Stephen P. Carlson ’42

Stephen P. Carlson ’42 died November 23, 2013, in Davis, Calif. He was born on August 26, 1919, in Santa Monica, Calif., and graduated from Venice High School, where he was class president and a member of the school swim team. He was a member of the Psi Upsilon fraternity. He served to lieutenant in the Navy during World War II on the battleship USS Mississippi in the Pacific theater and was awarded an American Theater Ribbon, Asiatic-Pacific Ribbon with eight stars, Phillipine Liberation ribbon with two stars, and a Victory Ribbon. After the war, he returned to Southern California and worked as a chemist in the film industry. He earned another bachelor of science in 1953 and a master’s degree in irrigation science in 1955, both from the University of California–Davis, and was employed by the University of California for the next twenty-eight years as a farm advisor, county director, assistant state director, and irrigation specialist. He served on the board of trustees of the Hanford Elementary School District from 1966 to 1969. After his retirement, he joined the Davis Aquatic Masters and swam competitively until the year before his death. He received many awards and set international records in long-distance freestyle. He was also a member of the Davis Fly Fisherman’s Club. He is survived by daughters Kristi Carlson and Dr. Terri Carlson and one granddaughter. He was predeceased by his wife of fifty-five years, Eileen Johnson Carlson, whom he married in 1947.