Eric Oddleifson 1935-2011
It is with great sadness that Arts|Learning reports the death of our Co-Founder and Trustee, Eric Oddleifson, on June 19, 2011.
He was born in Rochester NY on April 16, 1935.
The Arts|Learning Board of Trustees has set up the Eric Oddleifson Legacy Fund
as a living memorial to the amazing work that Eric Oddleifson
did to support arts education during his
Additionally, in 2013, the Board voted to rename the Arts|Learning Service Award the "Eric Oddleifson Arts|Learning Service Award."
Mr. Oddleifson was a passionate advocate of the arts and devoted his life to furthering the cause of arts education.
He founded the Center for Arts in the Basic Curriculum; over a 20-year period it merged with other organizations and is now known as Arts|Learning, where he continuously served on the Board of Directors.
He was also a board member of the South Shore Conservatory, and NPR's "From the Top" radio program.
was given many awards and accolades for his
arts advocacy work.
was also an enthusiastic and accomplished amateur clarinet player and during his
life enjoyed playing in the Hingham Civic Orchestra, Cohasset's Rusty Skippers Community Band, and the Harvard University Baroque Chamber Orchestra.
In addition he was a founding member of the Hingham Woodwind Quintet.
He was the former President of the Gulf River Association, an active member of the South Shore Jet Pollution Council, and a Trustee of Hambrecht and Quist Capital Management.
Mr. Oddleifson graduated from Saint Paul's School in Concord, NH in 1952, Harvard College in 1956 and the Harvard Business School in 1963.
He also attended the Eastman School of Music.
career as a consultant with Arthur D Little in Cambridge, MA and later emerged as a pioneer in the field of sustainable timber investing for institutional investors.
established two timber investment management companies, managing assets from foundations, endowments and pension funds.
Mr. Oddleifson was a sailing enthusiast and captain of the Lightweight Crew Team while attending Harvard.
also enjoyed many happy hours circumnavigating the globe in his
basement on his
Concept Two rowing machine, and took great pride in the fact that he
had reached the half-way mark on his
40,075,000 meter quest.
wife Janna celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary in 2010.