CAMDEN — Kenneth R. Carlson, 101, died peacefully with his wife by his side on Wednesday, July 20, 2022, at the Dawn Greene Hospice in New York City.

He was born in New York City on Jan. 28, 1921, and was the son of Rudolph and Helen Corbet Carlson. Ken graduated from Collegiate School in New York City — the oldest school in America —
and attended Cornell University. His father died in 1939, and Ken had to go to work in order to take care of his mother and grandmother. He worked at Household Finance as a loan investigator until Pearl Harbor. He enlisted on Dec. 8, 1941.

Ken became a navigator on a B-24 Liberator. On their eighth mission over Germany, the plane was badly shot up, as was Ken’s right arm. The pilot managed to get the plane back to England and the wonderful doctors saved his arm. The rest of the crew went out again as soon as the plane was ready and never came back.

When the war was over, Ken went back to work at Household Finance and worked his way up to assistant to the president.

He left Household Finance and decided to go into advertising. He worked at McCann-Erickson and J. Walter Thompson and then opened his own agency.

In 1968, he married Nancy Phelps, whom he met at the J. Walter Thompson Company.

Ken sold the agency in ’97 and bought a home in Camden. In 1973, he bought an old boat house in Camden to keep it from being torn down. He discovered it was the oldest boathouse in America, registered it with the National Historic Trust and named it “The American Boathouse.”

Camden became his home for more than 40 years. He continued to spend part of the year in New York City but more of his time in Camden. He spent time in both locations working with young people.

Surviving are his wife of 54 years, a daughter, Karen (in California), a son, Stephen, and daughter-in-law, Arlene (in New Jersey), from a previous marriage.

At his request, there will be no funeral. He will be buried in the family plot at Kensico Cemetery in Valhalla, N.Y.