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Chariho Hall of Famer dies

January 16, 2012

A man who spent over 30 years working for Chariho schools, and a lifetime serving his community, passed away on Jan. 7, at his home, surrounded by his family.

Carl E. Lundbohm was born on Dec. 27, 1921, in Mjolby, Sweeden. He started his career in Chariho in 1955 teaching in Hopkinton, and did so until 1959. He coached basketball, baseball, softball and soccer in Hopkinton.

He became the head of the physical education department and the athletic director at Chariho Junior High School, when it opened in 1960. He later became the school’s disciplinarian. Later in life, while teaching in Ashaway and Hope Valley, he started the Ashaway Recreation Center (ARC), and a similar facility in Shannock.

In 1966, he was honored by the seniors at Chariho High School by having their yearbook dedicated to him, and in 1972, the Lions Club honored him for his service in the organization of the first Junior Olympics.

The new Chariho Athletic Complex was named in his honor in 1984, and he was a recipient of the Paul Harris Fellow Award from the Chariho Rotary Club for his dedication to youth and the community.

Aside from education and athletics, Lundbohm served the region in other noteworthy areas as well.

He was a member of the Hopkinton Town Council from 1968 to 1972. According to current Hopkinton Town Councilman Scott Bill Hirst, Lundbohm served on the all democratic town council of 1968-70.

For more information, pick up a copy of The Chariho Times.

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