Carl Falck

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Carl Wilhelm Andreas Falck (born 27 May 1907) is a Norwegian businessman and Norway's oldest living man. He was head of the wholesalers' organization Norges Grossistforbund from 1948 to 1975. The then 105-year-old Falck became Norway's oldest man in 2012, a subject of media interest.

Early years and career[edit]

Falck was born in Tønsberg, Norway to a bookseller and his wife. He got a master's degree in law (cand.jur.) in 1931 at the University of Oslo and subsequently held various positions as jurist in the Norwegian Police Service, a deputy judge (Norwegian: dommerfullmektig), assistant lawyer and as jurist in the Ministry of Social Affairs. After 1939, he mostly worked within various business organisations.[1]

In 1948, he was named CEO of the wholesalers' organization Norges Grossist-forbund, (which in 1990 was merged into the Federation of Norwegian Enterprises). In this position and as part of the Marshall Plan, he spent two months in large cities in the US in 1952 to study the American wholesale industry. He became particularly interested in how the Americans kept stock in big one-level warehouses, as opposed to the Norwegian practice where stocks often were kept in narrow multilayer warehouses where ladders were needed to get the stocks in and out. Coming back to Norway, he advocated what he thought was the more effective American system. He published a book about structural changes in the wholesaler industry in 1969. He was a member of various Norwegian and European committees during his career.[2]

Elderly years[edit]

In 2012, at age 105, Falck became Norway's oldest man and has since then been portrayed by various media outlets. Remaining in good health, he lived in his own home until 2012 when he moved into a nursing home in Oslo. He used to smoke until he was around 50. In his 80s, he started going to a gym and he now works out at the nursing home.[3]

In 2013, NRK published an article by Carl Falck titled "Some thoughts from Norway's oldest man" (Noen tanker fra Norges eldste mann) where he reflected upon his own life and how society had changed since he was born.[4] The article was widely spread in social media.[5] Commenting on the 2013 Norwegian parliamentary election, he noted that women didn't have the right to vote when he was born. He encouraged people to use their right to vote and declared he would vote the same party as he always had;[4] he voted for the 43rd time in 2013.[6]

His family lived at Eiksmarka for several years,[7] then at Frogner.[8] His wife died in 2010.[9] He has children and grandchildren.[5]

Publications[edit]

  • Carl Falck: Strukturendringene i Varehandelen Og Virkningen for Industrien (1969), Grundt Tanum.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hvem er Hvem?" (1973), p. 148 Runeberg.org; retrieved 5 January 2014 (Norwegian)
  2. ^ Marita E. Valvik (13 April 2013) "Lagersjefen Carl Falck" Aftenposten; retrieved 5 January 2014 (Norwegian)
  3. ^ Hilde Nordlund (24 August 2012) "Norges nest eldste mann synes damene på senteret er for gamle" Dagbladet. Retrieved 5 January 2014 (Norwegian)
  4. ^ a b Carl Falck (12 June 2013) "Noen tanker fra Norges eldste mann" NRK. Retrieved 5 January 2014 (Norwegian)
  5. ^ a b "Hyggelig hvis det kan være til glede for andre mennesker" NRK; retrieved 5 January 2014 (Norwegian)
  6. ^ Astrid Johanne Karstensen (7 September 2013) "Mandag stemmer Norges eldste mann, Carl Falck (106), på samme parti for 43. gang" Dagbladet; retrieved 5 January 2014 (Norwegian)
  7. ^ Hvaal, Sidsel (7 December 2012). "Urgammel mann kjøper ny klokke". Budstikka (in Norwegian). pp. 28–29. 
  8. ^ "80 år". Aftenposten (in Norwegian). 27 May 1987. p. 18. 
  9. ^ Tom Henry Vestreng (10 January 2013) "105 år – og fortsatt på Druen" Dagsavisen. Retrieved 5 January 2014 (Norwegian)