Roger William Carlson


With appropriate respect and recognition…Roger was a notable Connecticut resident and president of the Alfa Romeo Connecticut Club.  Roger held degrees from the University of Minnesota and from Yale University with a Ph.D. in Forestry and Environmental studies.  Roger served on the faculty of the University of Illinois for 15 years, owned his own construction business, and enjoyed a variety of sports-related events including ice boating, skiing, sailing and ballroom dancing.  As an Alfa owner, he enjoyed restoring old cars, and attending local, state-wide and national AROC events.  Roger enjoyed touring this country, designing road rallies, and driving his 1959 Alfa Romeo 2000 roadster and 1974 Spider as much as possible.

With fond memories we, his friends and fellow club members, salute the meaningful, distinguished, and active life of Roger Carlson, his pipe and wooden matches, “our friend, president and fellow Alfisti.”

                                                                                                        Officers and members, AROC-

Peter Lombardi’s Alfa Race Car

Roger William Carlson, 76, of Enfield, entered into eternal rest on Sunday, April 21, 2019 at St. Francis Hospital & Medical Ctr. Hartford. He was the beloved husband of 20 years to Karen B. (Larson) Carlson. Roger was born on September 29, 1942 in Duluth, Minnesota to the late Hans H. and Ruby (Chase) Carlson and had resided in Enfield for the past 11 years and in Champaign, IL before that.

He received his master degree in Forestry, University of Minnesota and Ph. D in Forestry & Environmental Studies, Yale University. Roger was a former associate professor at Univ. of Illinois for 15 years and owned his own construction business.

He was president of Alfa Romeo owners club, CT and member of Alfa owners of New England, and Neckra. In his leisure time he enjoyed ballroom dancing, ice boating, skiing, sailing and restoring old cars. 

In addition to his wife, he is also survived by his stepchildren; Robin Meyers (Scott) of Enfield, Scott Golliher of Champaign, IL, and Sandy Golliher and Pat Donovan of Schaumburg, IL, grandchildren, James & John Donovan, along with several cousins. Besides his parents he was predeceased by his sister Janice Carlson.