Arleen Martin Carlson, the wife of Curt Carlson, has died. The long-time philanthropist and active supporter of Twin Cities arts and humanities organizations was 93.
Carlson was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years. Curt Carlson died in 1999.
Arleen Martin was born in Aberdeen, South Dakota, but moved to Minnesota when she was just five. She attended the University of Minnesota where she met her future husband.
The two were married in 1938 and established the Gold Bond Stamp Company a short time later.
She was also very active in Carlson Companies, sitting on the board of directors and attending company functions until very recently.
Arleen was active in her support of dozens of organizations, including the Boys and Girls Clubs, the Opera, the American Swedish Institute, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and the United Way.
Both Arleen and Curt were strong supporters of Gustavus Adolphus College and a wing of the Nobel Hall of Science was named the Curtis and Arleen Carlson Pavilion in their honor.
In 1999, Arleen gave $10 million to the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management. That brought the couple's total life-time gift to the institution to over $46 million.
Arleen Carlson was also very close to her family and very proud of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Those who knew her will always remember her loving smile, hard work and great faith.
Funeral services for Arleen Carlson will be held August 10, at 10 a.m. at the Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church.
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