July 8, 2017


Francis E. Carlson

Francis Elliott Carlson, 97, died July 8, 2017 at home in Hingham, MA.  He was born in Winchester, Massachusetts in 1920 and was a graduate of Harvard College, Class of 1942.  He served in the U.S Army in four European campaigns and was awarded two Silver Stars, the Bronze Star,  and the Croix de Guerre. Mr. Carlson was a Certified Public Accountant, and until his retirement, was Audit Manager at the National Science Foundation in Washington, D.C. He worked at the Office of the Comptroller of the Navy, also in Washington, and prior to that, in private practice in Boston, MA. A lifelong member of the Appalachian Mountain Club, former Hutman, and co-founder of the Washington, D.C. chapter, he hiked into his 90s on many trails in the United States, Europe, and Scandinavia. The family patriarch, he was deeply loved and will be sorely missed by his children, Francis Jr., of Steinmaur, Switzerland; Julia, of Cambridge, MA; Amelia Maddock and her husband, John, of Pittsburgh, PA; and William and his wife Carole, of Derwood, MD. He also leaves 5 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his first wife, Marguerite (Moll) in 1987, and his second, Patricia (Wagner) in 2012. Memorial donations can be made to the Appalachian Mountain Club 5 Joy Street, Boston, MA 02108 or via their website www.outdoors.org/tribute.