Estes Park resident Dr. Harlalee “Hal” Wilson died at Prospect Park Living Center on Sunday, November 15, 2009. He was 83 years old. Harlalee A. Wilson was born February 24, 1926 in Medford, OR. His parents were Lawrence and Pearl Wilson.
Hal formerly resided in Iowa City, IA. He moved to Estes Park in 1991. Hal married Sandra Joseph on December 27, 1960 in Hayward, CA. Hal was a veteran of WWII and Korea (U.S. Army Air Corps & U.S. Army).
Hal began his violin studies at the age of five. He received his BA in Music in violin, and his MM in Music History and Literature from the Los Angeles Conservatory, as a student of Sasha Jacobsen. He began his career as a violinist with the Denver Symphony, touring summers with the Russ Morgan Band. He played with the Portland Symphony in Portland, OR. He has also been concertmaster of the Arapahoe Chamber Orchestra in Littleton, CO and the Estes Park Oratorio Society Orchestra, and has been a member of the Quad City Orchestra in Davenport, IA, the Iowa City String Orchestra and the Boulder Mahlerfest Orchestra. Hal earned his Ph.D in Educational Curriculum, specializing in Computer Assisted Instruction at Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA. He served as Vice President of Computer Curriculum Corporation in Palo Alto, Educational Program Director for Harcourt Brace publishers in New York, Director of Test Development at the National Assessment of Educational Progress in Denver, Educational Project in Juneau, and Business Program Director at ACT in Iowa City. Hal has been an active performer and teacher, maintaining a private studio and encouraging aspiring musicians throughout his life. He organized and conducted a Youth Orchestra in Estes Park for several years. Hal was a founding member of the Iowa City Chamber Orchestra serving for 14 years; he was a musician and member at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in Estes Park, CO. In his later years Hal took up watercolor painting. He was a student of Jan Hart. Hal was lauded for his use of color and, along with his wife Sandra, was an exhibitor at the Estes Park Library.
Hal is survived by his wife Sandra of Estes Park, CO; son Lawrence and wife Tanna of Joelton, TN; daughter Catherine Peterson and husband Dale of Westminster, CO; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions can be made to the Oratorio Society of Estes Park or SOPA in care of Allnutt Estes Park Chapel, 1302 Graves Avenue, Estes Park, CO 80517. See www.allnutt.com to see Hal’s on-line obituary and send a message to the family.