THOR A. LARSEN
Thor was born in Stavanger, Norway and arrived in NYC in 1948. He was educated in NYC schools including Queens College and Columbia University in physics and EE and awarded an IBM fellowship to RPI for one year in Electro-physics. After graduation, Thor joined IBM in Research and Development, earned 13 US Patents and several Corporate Awards and retired after 37 years. Subsequently, he was a private consultant for five years with clients in Denmark, US and Canada. After retirement, he focused on non-technical writing for Norwegian-American publications, with special focus on Norwegian literature, art and culture. Thor developed skills in oil painting, graphite drawing and pastel at the Woodstock School of Art.
Thor married wife Arlene in 1964 and they have two children, Karl (46) and Mia (44). Karl is married and has one son, and Mia is married with two sons. Arlene and Thor lived in Kingston, Woodstock, NY, then Hopewell Junction, and now live in Fishkill, NY.
Ever since they married, Arlene and Thor’s favorite hobby has been traveling, especially internationally. They spent time in Northern California and several places in Upstate New York, and an opportunity to live in Southern England for two years. In addition to many visits to Norway, they have visited most European countries at least once, including winter visit to Russia in 1976. After retirement, Thor and Arlene have traveled more frequently and further afield. These destinations include China, India, Africa, South America, and the Middle-East.