Dr. Burton Olson

Burton G. Olson, M.D., 95, longtime Minot ophthalmologist, died Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, in a Minot nursing home.

Burton Gibson Olson was born on Oct. 2, 1917, in Willmar, Minn., a son of Alice and Walter Olson. He was raised and educated in Hawick, Minn., and Paynesville, Minn., and graduated from Paynesville High School in 1934. He received a bachelor of arts degree from St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minn., in 1938 and an M.D. Degree from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, in 1942.

He interned at Orange County Hospital in Orange, Calif., from July 1, 1942, to June 30, 1943.

On Nov. 21, 1942, Burton was united in marriage to Eileen Madsen, the daughter of Einar A. and Crystanza Madsen, of Minot. He joined the Army Medical Corps in August 1943, serving as a general medical officer in the European Theater of Operations for 23 months, where he received the Bronze Star. He was discharged from the Army in February 1946 as a Major.

Burton was in general medical practice from 1946 to 1949 and completed a residency in Ophthalmology at the University of Minnesota Hospitals from 1949 to 1952. He purchased the practice of Dr. A.D. McCannel of Minot in 1952 and began his practice of Ophthalmology on July 1, 1952. He retired Dec. 31, 1993. Eileen died Dec. 15, 1994.

He was a past member and president of the North Dakota Academy of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology, and a past member and president of the N.D. Chapter of the American College of Surgeons. He was board certified in Ophthalmology and a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American College of Surgeons, the American Medical Association, the Minnesota Academy of Ophthalmology, the N.D. State Medical Association, and the Northwest District Medical Society.

He was on the staff of Trinity and St. Joseph’s Hospitals. He was a member and past president of the Minot Country Club. He was also a member of the Elks Lodge and the Inquisitors Club. He was a past member of the Eagles Aerie, the American Legion Club, a past board of directors member of the YMCA and the American Red Cross, and past member of the Masons and Shriners.

He is survived by: his sons, James B. (Christine) Olson, Minot, and William M. Olson, Florissant, Colo.; daughter, Jeanne (KC Crothers) Patterson, Minot; eight grandchildren, James, Burton, Chrystanza, Jerome, Casey, Sean, Fawn, and Casey; and nine great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Eileen; parents; brothers, LaVerne and Ardell; and sister, Leatrice.

Funeral: Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot.

Visitation: Thursday, Jan. 3, from 2 to 7 p.m. at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home.

Burial: Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot.

Memorials: Are preferred to the First Lutheran Church Foundation, any children’s charity or to an organization of the donor’s choice.

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