Obituary: Per Westad


Per Westad, 94, of Port Washington, died on March 11, 2016. Born in 1921 in Kristiania (now Oslo), Norway, he emigrated to New York as a child, moved to Bayside and later, Little Neck. He graduated from Wharton School of Business in 1943 (Delta Kappa Epsilon), served in the Army from 1942-47, doing tours in the U.S., then Japan during OBITWestad040616Areconstruction. He remained in the Army Reserves for 34 years, and retired in 1981 as colonel. After active service, he joined the Borregaard Co. Inc. (pulp and paper manufacturing), the American division of one of Norway’s largest companies, ultimately becoming its president. He served as president of Norwegian-American Chamber of Commerce in the 1960s and in 1968 dined as a guest at the White House. He held the office of president of the Yale Club in NYC and served in different capacities for other organizations. He was predeceased by his wife of 58 years, Marjorie, and brother, Rolf. He leaves behind five children—Christopher, Susan, Jeffrey (Linda), Nancy (James Sr., d.), Constance; six grandchildren—Kimberly (Jeff), Kristin, Jennifer, James, Allison, David; and three great-grandchildren—Siera, Nicholas, Noah. He was most proud of his service to our country and his long association with the U.S. Army. He was a good man who left a great imprint on all who knew him. Arrangements were by Fairchild Sons, Manhasset. Graveside service was at Nassau Knolls Cemetery, Port Washington on April 2.


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