Birgitta Olson from Wellfleet, professor of German and literature

Birgitta V. Olson of Wellfleet, (formerly) employed by the Town of Wellfleet, passed away on April 30, 2021 in Wellfleet, MA. She was predeceased by her husband Anders and daughter Margret in 1956 and 1957.

Born October 8, 1930 in Naugatuck, Connecticut, Ms. Olson graduated from Vassar College in 1952 and did graduate studies in medieval Germanic literature at Johns Hopkins University, Universität Münster, Germany, and the Pontifical Institute. of Medieval Studies from the University of Toronto, Canada. She taught German language and literature at John Hopkins and for twenty years at the University of Toronto. She was a member of the religious community of the Sisters of Saint Joseph in Toronto for ten years. Towards the end of her academic career, Ms. Olson administered the Canadian government’s education assistance program to developing countries at the University of Toronto, then worked at the Canadian Bureau for International Education in Ottawa with foreign student advisers.

She returned from Toronto to the United States, Cape Cod and the Sea, in 1980 and found her way to Wellfleet, where she was instrumental in creating the position of Committee Secretary for the Town of Wellfleet, Serving planning, appeals, conservation and other city councils for 23 years.

Interment took place in Oakdale Cemetery. The services will be private. Donations in Birgitta’s memory can be made to the Animal Rescue League, Brewster, MA. For online condolences, please visit

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