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Lee A. Carlson, 79 of Valparaiso passed away Sunday, November 25, 2018.  He was born August 13, 1939 in Rensselaer, IN to the late Victor Sydney and Lucille (Ewart) Carlson.  He is survived by his loving wife, Mary “Deena” (Nelson) Carlson, daughter, Jean Carlson, and grandchildren, Carl and Emily Swindle.  Lee grew up in Valparaiso, and attended Valparaiso High School, graduating in 1957.  He was a National Merit Scholar and attended DePauw University where he received a Bachelor’s of Science in Physics and Mathematics in 1961.  With the support of the National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship, Lee attended the University of Michigan and obtained a Master’s in Mathematics in 1962. In 1964 he joined the Valparaiso University Faculty, where he was appointed Instructor in the Department of Mathematics.  He continued his education even further by attending the University of Chicago, where he obtained a Master’s in Information Science in 1971.  Throughout his years of teaching at Valparaiso University, Professor Carlson kept his students and colleagues abreast of the latest developments in his field.  A list of courses he taught tells the story of how the field of computing evolved from Fortran, to Basic, then to Pascal, and then to the language known as “C.”  Beginning in 1977, Professor Carlson also served as Systems Programmer of the Academic Computing Facility and for more than a decade he assumed a variety of responsibilities for the functioning of University’s computing system.  Lee retired from Valparaiso University at the end of the 1996-1997 academic year and was granted emeritus status in 1997.  After retirement Lee enjoyed travel around the world, including trips to Santa Barbara California to see his daughter and grandchildren. He appreciated art and music, as both a connoisseur and participant. He enjoyed photography under the guidance of friend and mentor, Aimee Tomasek. He attended concerts at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and was a member of the Friends of Jazz at Valparaiso University. Lee played the trombone in the Valparaiso University Community Band under directorship of Dr. Jeffrey Scott Doebler. 
At this time there are no services scheduled, the family will be gathering privately to remember and celebrate Lee's life. 

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