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Oscar W. Bodelsen
(1901-1959)

Oscar W. Bodelsen was born in New York in 1901, the son of Thusnelda and Oscar N. Bodelsen, a civil engineer. Oscar grew up in Mount Pleasant, New York and appears on the 1930 census for New York as the proprietor of Drug Store in Mt. Kisko. He lived there for about 30 years, and specialized in the collecting of silver minerals. In the late 1930's he purchased the mineral collection of Bernard Amend (of the chemical firm Eimer & Amend in New York), containing several thousand fine specimens and many duplicates. He kept the collection in a series of cabinets at the rear of his drug store.

Bodelsen was "a liberal buyer of fine specimens and a most active field collector." He visted hundreds of mineral localities to collect, and was successful in rediscovering a lost monazite locality near Yorktown Heights, New York. He was a personal friend of Peter Zodac, and they had taken many collecting trips together. In 1942 Bodelson was appointed President of Zodac's Rocks & Minerals Association.

He died while dancing with his wife, at a dance sponsored by the Ancient Order of Hibernians, on March 15, 1959. In 1960 his wife donated his collection of silver minerals to the Hudson River Museum in Yonkers, New York.

Reference:
ZODAC, P. (1942) A new President for the Rocks and Minerals Association. Rocks & Minerals, 17 (1), 370.
ZODAC, P. (1959) Obituary notices: Oscar Bodelson. Rocks & Minerals, 34 (5-6), 225.
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