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Einar at home, age 89

Einar Ragnarsson Kvaran (November 19, 1920 - December 13, 2012) Icelandic engineer, teacher, genealogist and writer.

The early years[edit]

Einar was born in Reykjavik, Iceland , the son of Ragnar Einarsson Kvaran and Thorunn Kvaran and the grandson of Hannes and Ragnheidur Hafstein and Einar Hjorleifsson Kvaran and Gislina Gislinadottir. At an early age the family moved to Gimli, Manitoba, Canada and Árborg where his father was the minister of the Unitarian Church from 1930 to 1933 and the publisher of the Icelandic newspaper Morgunblaðið.[1] [2]. After the family returned to Reykjavik in the 1933 Einar attended Menntaskólinn í Reykjavík (founded in 1056) where he was the Inspector Scholae in 1940 [3]. His grandfather, Hannes Hafstein, had been the school's first Inspector Scholae in 1879. Following his graduation he attended the University of California at Berkeley in the United States [4] where he graduated in 1945 with a degree in Marine Engineering.[5][6] While at that school he met and married Clara Caldwell (July 15, 1922 -May 11, 2016) on October 21, 1944 and after finishing his studies returned to Iceland where he was employed at the Icelandic State Herring and Meal Factory in Siglufjordur. His first three sons were born there.[7]

The United Nations years[edit]

Einar, far left, being filmed by a United Nations film crew, Sri Lanka, ca. 1956

In 1952 Einar was employed by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and was posted to Sri Lanka (at that time, "Ceylon") where his fourth son was born. This was followed by postings in the Philippines, Indonesia, Malta and finally at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy.

The later years[edit]

He retired in 1980 and moved to Pueblo, Colorado, USA to be with his wife’s family. There, in 1997 he became a US citizen. "I wanted to vote ... I'm from Iceland. About the time we were having elections here, they were having elections in Iceland. I realized that I was more interested in the presidential elections here than in Iceland. That pushed me towards citizenship."[8] While in Colorado he worked for Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, helping people file their tax forms. [9] Einar and Clara became a fixture at the Pueblo Meals on Wheels program. When Steve Nawrocki, director of the program "said goodbye to to Meals on Wheels drivers Einar and Clara Kvaran he wondered how many volunteers it would take to replace them. The two have delivered meals to homebound Puebloans for 17 years calling off for only a few vacations and the occasional surgery. They have been around longer than I have. It is volunteers like them that make a program like this possible." [10]

After twenty years in Pueblo he moved again, to Sun City, Arizona. He was a member of the Association of Former International Civil Servants,[11]

During the 1990s Einar, who had a lifelong interest in genealogy, began contributing articles about "famous" Icelanders of the past, (all of whom happened to be in his family tree) to Lögberg-Heimskringla, an Icelandinc and English newspaper published in Winnipeg, Canada. The paper was created by joining two Icelandic newspapers, both co-founded in the 1880s by his grandfather, Einar Hjorleifsson.

Before he died Einar requested that some of his ashes be spread in the Hvalvatn area where he spent summers as a youth serving as a fishing guide and a horse handler. He died on December 13, 2012.[12][13]

Selected publications[edit]

  • The Mechanization of the Inshore Fisheries and the relationship to Fisheries Development in Ceylon, The Development of Ceylon's Fisheries (A Symposium), Printed From Bulletin of the Fisheries Research Station, Ceylon, Vol. 17, No.2, Printed at the Government Press Ceylon, 1965
  • Marine Fisheries Potential in the Philippines and South East Asia, Marine Science Seminar, Xavier University, June 17-20, 1971, Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines, pp 45-54

Lögberg-Heimskringla publications[edit]

Einar published a series of articles entitled "Our Ancestors" about significant Icelanders of the past, populating it with figures such as "Killer Glumer,"Unnur the Deepminded", "Olafur Peacock", "Ulfur the Cross-eyed", "Thorstein the Handsome", "Thorkell Badmouth" and Ketill the flat-nosed.

In the introduction to the "Our Ancestors" series Einar describes it as not, "a history of Iceland" but "more like a family photo album from which most of the snapshots have been lost." [14]


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  6. ^ Kay, Ernest, ‘’Dictionary of Scandinavian Biography’’ second edition, International Biographical Center, Cambridge, England, 1976
  7. ^ Kay, Ernest, ‘’Dictionary of Scandinavian Biography’’ second edition, International Biographical Center, Cambridge, England, 1976
  8. ^ Pueblo Chieftain,Pueblo center offers test for new citizens, Mary Jean Porter, October 6, 1997, p. 6A
  9. ^ Pueblo Chieftain, Volunteers spell tax relief: H-E-L-P R. Chris Burnett, undated clipping with a picture of Einar R Kvaran
  10. ^ Meals on Wheels' needs intensify, Loretta Sword, Pueblo Chieftain, undated
  11. ^ Association of Former International Civil Servants, Directory of members, 2008, Office of the President, AFICS(NY), Room DC!-580, United Nations, New York
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  14. ^ Lögberg-Heimskringla, February 3, 1989 p. 6
  15. ^ Lögberg-Heimskringla, February 24, 1989 p.6
  16. ^ Lögberg-Heimskringla, March 31, 1989 p.7
  17. ^ Lögberg-Heimskringla, April 7, 1989 p.7
  18. ^ Lögberg-Heimskringla, April 21, 1989 p.6
  19. ^ Lögberg-Heimskringla, May 12, 1989 p.3
  20. ^ Lögberg-Heimskringla, May 19, 1989 p.5
  21. ^ Lögberg-Heimskringla, June 2, 1989 p.3
  22. ^ Lögberg-Heimskringla, June 7, 1989 p.6
  23. ^ Lögberg-Heimskringla, June 23, 1989 p.7
  24. ^ Lögberg-Heimskringla, October 6, 1989 p.5
  25. ^ Lögberg-Heimskringla, October 13, 1989 p.4
  26. ^ Lögberg-Heimskringla, October 27, 1989 p.7
  27. ^ Lögberg-Heimskringla, November 24, 1989 p.2
  28. ^ Lögberg-Heimskringla, December 1, 1989 p.3
  29. ^ Lögberg-Heimskringla, December 8, 1989 p.6
  30. ^ Lögberg-Heimskringla, December 15, 1989 p.6
  31. ^ Lögberg-Heimskringla, March 30, 1990 p.5
  32. ^ Lögberg-Heimskringla, January 26, 1990 p.7
  33. ^ Lögberg-Heimskringla, January 26, 1990 p.7
  34. ^ Lögberg-Heimskringla, February 2, 1990 p.6
  35. ^ Lögberg-Heimskringla, February 9, 1990 p.8
  36. ^ Lögberg-Heimskringla, April 6, 1990 p.6
  37. ^ Lögberg-Heimskringla, May 11, 1990 p.7
  38. ^ Lögberg-Heimskringla, May 25, 1990 p.6
  39. ^ Lögberg-Heimskringla, September 28, 1990 p. 7
  40. ^ Lögberg-Heimskringla, October 12, 1990
  41. ^ Lögberg-Heimskringla, November 23, 1990 p.4
  42. ^ Lögberg-Heimskringla, January 25, 1991 p. 2
  43. ^ Lögberg-Heimskringla, February 1, 1991 p. 3
  44. ^ Lögberg-Heimskringla, September 13, 1991 p.7
  45. ^ Lögberg-Heimskringla, September 20, 1991 p.6
  46. ^ Lögberg-Heimskringla, December 13, 1991 p.11
  47. ^ Lögberg-Heimskringla, February 14, 1992 p.7
  48. ^ Lögberg-Heimskringla, April 17, 1992
  49. ^ Lögberg-Heimskringla, April 22, 1992, p.7, continued from, previous edition
  50. ^ Lögberg-Heimskringla, January 22, 1993 p. 2-3

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