Frederick J. Olsen
May 25, 2017
Frederick Olsen of Hemlock Farms in Lords Valley passed away on May 25, 2017 at home from cancer, having also battled severely debilitating Parkinson’s disease during his final months.
Born March 3, 1939 in Port Chester, NY the only child of Arthur and Mildred Klune Olsen of Harrison, NY, Fred joined the USMC in 1957 and was honorably discharged as a Lance Corporal in 1960. He joined the NYPD and began to devote his off hours to his education and preparing for promotional exams. He completed his Bachelor of Arts degree at Fordham University and his Master of Science in Criminal Justice from Long Island University. Moving through the ranks, he was eventually promoted to Captain, having served in a variety of positions, though none that he enjoyed more than his years as a law instructor at the Police Academy. He additionally taught police promotion exam courses for Delehanty Institute and Criminal Justice courses at the New York Institute of Technology. Upon his retirement in 1984, Fred served as Chief of Security at Parkchester in the Bronx and later as Director of Public Safety at SUNY New Paltz, finally fully retiring in 1989.
Fred was a runner, having logged more than 37,000 miles in over forty years of near daily running. He was an avid sports fan, devoted to the Yankees and loyal to the Jets. Baseball statistics were his specialty.
Fred was predeceased by his son, Scott in 1986 and his daughter Debra in 2008. His wife, Shirley Walker, is his only survivor.
Fred will be waked at home on May 31st from 3 to 8 PM. Private interment at Kensico Cemetery in Valhalla, NY. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make a contribution please consider either the Hemlock Farms Library, 1976 Hemlock Farms, Lords Valley, 18428 or Pike County Humane Society, P.O. Box 255, Milford, PA 18337.