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Sverre Arestad
Dr.Sverre Arestad (2.12.1906 i Stavanger, Rogaland- 3.2.1987 i Issaquah, King, Washington, USA) var sønn av Peder Torgersen J. Aarrestad (19.1. 1865 i Aarrestad, Time, Rogaland- 14.10.1928 i Ferndale, Whatcom, Washington) og Gurine R. Gabrielsdatter Malde (13.7.1877 i Malde -17.5.1944 i Seattle, King, Washington).

Sverre Arestad ble gift 28.august 1937 i Salmon Creek, Clark, Washington med Margaret Jane Cline (13.5. 1915 i Olympia, Thurston, Washington- 16.1.1996 i Redmond, King, Washington, USA), datter av De Forest Jame Cline (1.11.1918 i Kansas-) og Agnes J. Enevoldsen ( 14.11.1887 i Minnesota -1.1. 1972 i Seattle, Washington).

Barn: Kari Meta Arestad (1943-), Elsa T. Arestad (1945-)

Dr. Sverre Arestad var professor i skandinaviske språk ved University of Washington i Seattle. Han har publisert endel artikler som omhandler nordmenns virke på Stillehavskysten, samt oversikt fra 1943 en liste over skandinaviske aviser i denne del av USA.

Sverre Arestad Joins the Department of Scandinavian Studies, University of Washington:

In the Fall of 1934, a promising young graduate student, Sverre Arestad, was appointed a full-time teaching associate in the Department and, in 1938, he received his Ph.D. and joined the faculty.

Arestad worked primarily with Norwegian languages and literature, but he also taught Danish. Highly respected as a mentor to graduate students, Arestad published several important articles on Norwegian literature, especially the writings of Henrik Ibsen.

An immigrant himself, Arestad developed a special interest in, and published several articles on, the history of Scandinavian immigration to the Pacific Northwest. Partly, this interest grew out of Arestad's frequent travelling around the Pacific Northwest giving lectures to all kinds of groups, including Scandinavian ethnic organizations. For a time, the University of Washington gave faculty members extended leave to travel around the State to present lectures. Arestad was especially active in this regard during the Second World War.

In 1943, Arestad was the prime mover behind the establishment of a Scandinavian Historical Research Committee. Although it survived only a few years, it inspired several articles and the collection and preservation of the records of Scandinavians in the Puget Sound Region. Upon retirement from the University in 1972, Arestad established the Sverre Arestad Scandinavian Research Fund to support the publication and dissemination of the history of Scandinavians in the Pacific Northwest.

Publiserte artikler

  • THE NORWEGIANS IN THE PACIFIC COAST FISHERIES
  • NAHA Studies and records, volume XVI. From the prairie to the Puget Sound. By O,B.Iverson. Translated by Sverre Arestad

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