THOMASTON — Olof Lennart Anderson, loving husband, father and grandfather, passed away in his home at the age of 89, Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021.

Olof was born Nov. 16, 1931 in New York City to Bernhard and Ingegerd Anderson. He was educated in Yonkers public schools and earned his bachelor’s degree (1953), and Doctorate’s degree (1966) in aerospace engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He married his wife, Evelyn Anderson, June 17, 1956, and settled in Manchester, Conn., the following year.

He is survived by his two children, Elizabeth and Andrew Anderson; three grandchildren Shulamith Jacobi, Benjamin Jacobi and Bethany Roby, and brother Bernhard Anderson. Many others call Olof “Dad” because he, with Evie, loved and cared for them.

Olof joined United Technologies Research Center in East Hartford, Conn., in 1956, where he conducted research for Pratt & Whitney, NASA, the Department of Defense and the Atomic Entergy Commission. He published numerous papers in scientific journals and taught engineering at the Hartford Graduate Center, a branch of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Olof was elected to the Manchester City Council, during which he was instrumental in establishing Manchester Community College in 1963.

In 1990, Olof retired and moved with Evie to Thomaston. Together, they were active in local nonprofit organizations, including the General Henry Knox Museum and the Thomaston Historical Society.

The family requests that memorials in Olof’s name be made to The Thomaston Historical Society, P.O. Box 384, Thomaston ME 04861.

Hall’s of Thomaston, 78 Main St., has care of the arrangements. Those who knew Olof may leave memories and condolences at hallfuneralhomes.com.