Roland M. "Rollie" Paulson was born in Sioux City, IA, May, 1922, to Alfred and Sena (Madsen) Paulson, the youngest of four boys. He grew up during the Depression, working summers on the family farm.
He saw education as his ticket to a better life; he graduated early from East High School to pursue his dream: college at the University of Iowa. The WWII Navy Midshipmen Program sponsored his studies: Electrical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin, Columbia University, Japanese language school at UC-Boulder and finally, Stanford Law School.
He was recalled by the Navy during the Korean War and assigned to the CIA where he met Nicole; love at first sight for him. They married and raised four children. He was a District Manager with Farmers Insurance Group for 25 years, achieving President's Council, the highest company honor. He passed on his love of education to his children, resulting in no less than six Bachelor's degrees, three Masters and one Doctorate. He was a life-long tennis player and sports fan. After retirement, he kept his mind sharp with complex crossword puzzles and world travels.
Rollie passed away peacefully on March 20, 2013. He's survived by two brothers; Alfred (Bud) Paulson, Howard Paulson (Val); his wife of 56 years Nicole, sons Edward Bartlett and Eric, daughters Cristine and Lisa; eight grandsons and a great-grandson.
At his request, the memorial service will be at Grace Church & St. Stephens, Thursday March 28, 2013 at 10 A.M. Burial will follow at the church columbarium.
Thank you to the many wonderful caregivers from Home Instead, Brookdale Senior Living and Legacy Hospice who made his last year so comfortable. In memory of his life, donations may be made to University of Wisconsin, Stanford Law School or the Grace Church Organ Fund.