Gunnar E. Sydow
Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning. – Albert Einstein
Gunnar Eugene Sydow, of Estes Park, died at home Wednesday, April 14, 2010. He was 88 years old. Gunnar was born August 16, 1921, in Perstorp, Sweden. He immigrated to the U.S. with his parents, Eugen and Frieda (Schultz) Sydow, in 1930. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Colgate University, a Doctorate in Dental Surgery (DDS) from Columbia University, and a Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Minnesota. He was enlisted in the U.S. Army during World War II and served as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict. While stationed in Cheyenne with the Air Force, he met his future wife, Tess Bishop, who was an Air Force nurse. They spent many hours hiking and enjoying the outdoors in the Tetons and Snowy Range. They were married on October 24, 1954, in Binghamton, NY. After practicing dentistry in South Dakota for three years, he was commissioned in the U.S. Public Health Service in the field of Clinical Dentistry. He held Public Health Service posts in Virginia, North Carolina, and the District of Columbia. He and Tess were able to fulfill their dream of returning to the Rocky Mountain region when he transferred to the Public Health Service Denver regional office in 1966, where he remained until his retirement in 1979. He continued his lifelong interest in art and was an accomplished painter and sculptor, working primarily in clay. His body of work evokes whimsical spirits of the mountains and forests. He enjoyed hiking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, politics, current events, reading, music, and theater.
Gunnar is survived by his wife of 55 years, Tess Sydow of Estes Park, daughters Wendy Sydow of Lafayette, CO, and Lisa Sydow and her partner Beth Smith of Boulder, CO; granddaughter Maya Poulter of Boulder; sister-in-law Shirley Sydow and nephew Erik Sydow of Canoga Park, CA; sister-in-law Elinor Bagalio and husband Jack of Montpelier, VT; sister-in-law Delores Peloquin and husband Roger of Springfield, VT; brother-in-law Michael Bishop and wife Claudia of Camarillo, CA; many nieces and nephews; as well as his well-loved cats Cosmo and Bella. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Pet Association of Estes Park in care of Allnutt Funeral Service, 1302 Graves Avenue, Estes Park, CO 80517. See www.allnutt.com to view Gunnar’s obituary and send a message to his family.