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Re: Einar Ragnarsson Kvaran

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Re: Einar Ragnarsson Kvaran

Einar Ragnarsson Kvaran, 92, passed away on December 13, 2012, at his home in Sun City, Arizona, USA. He is survived by his wife Clara, his sons, Ragnar, Einar, Hannes and Geir, four grandchildren, Eila Kvaran, Dr. Kara Kvaran, Dr. Trevor Kvaran and Brienne McDowell and great-grandson Paxton.

Einar was born in Reykjavik on November 19, 1920, the son of Ragnar Einarsson Kvaran and Thorunn Kvaran and the grandson of Hannes and Ragnheidur Hafstein and Einar Hjorleisson Kvaran and Gislina Gislinadottir. At an early age the family moved to Gimli, Manitoba, Canada where his father was the editor of the Icelandic newspaper Morgunblaðið. When they returned to Reykjavik in the 1930s Einar attended Menntaskólinn í Reykjavík where he was the Inspector Scholae of his class in 1940.

Following his graduation he attended the University of California at Berkeley in the United States where he graduated in 1945 with a degree in Marine Engineering. While at that school he met and married Clara Caldwell and after finishing his studies returned to Iceland where he worked at the herring plant in Siglufjörður. His first three sons were born there.

In 1952 Einar was employed by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and was posted to Sri Lanka (then Ceylon) where his fourth son was born. This was followed by postings in the Philippines, Indonesia, Malta, and finally at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy. He retired in 1980 and moved to Pueblo, Colorado, USA to be with his wife’s family. After 20 years there he moved again, to Sun City, Arizona, USA.

He will be greatly missed by all who knew him, the world was a better place for his having been in it. Einar requested that some of his ashes be spread in the Hvalvatn area where he spent summers as a youth serving as a fishing guide and a horse handler.

Einar Einarsson Kvaran, Dixon New Mexico, USA.