Ivar Atkinson Lundgaard of Kennett Square

Ivar Atkinson “Bud” Lundgaard, former executive of the DuPont Co. and distinguished community leader, died on Dec. 18, at Kendal at Longwood in Kennett Square at the age of 96.

Ivar Atkinson Lundgaard

Ivar Atkinson Lundgaard

Mr. Lundgaard is predeceased by his parents Ivar Lundgaard and Charlotte Atkinson, his sister Harriett Lundgaard, and his first wife Elizabeth Bodnar. Mr. Lundgaard is survived by his sons Per Lundgaard, Thomas Lundgaard, and Robin Lundgaard; his grandsons Thomsen Lundgaard, Nelson Lundgaard, and Benjamin Lundgaard, and his second wife Susan R. Duer.

Mr. Lundgaard was raised and educated in Rochester, N.Y. In 1937, he graduated from high school and was awarded membership in the National Honor Society. He graduated from the University of Rochester in 1942 with degrees in economics and chemical engineering. During his student years, he was active in student affairs, played on the varsity football, basketball and track teams, was president of his fraternity, Delta Kappa Epsilon, and a member of Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honor society.

After graduation, Mr. Lundgaard began his career in DuPont Co., spending 35 years in the Photo Products Department in research, manufacturing, production and management positions. He was transferred to the Polymer Products Department in 1977. In 1980 he was elected chairman of the board of directors of the National Society of the Plastics Industry. Mr. Lundgaard retired in 1981, at which time he was general manager of the Polymer Products Department.

During his retirement years, Mr. Lundgaard was active in a number of community organizations. He was president of the Delaware Symphony Association from 1985 to 1991. During his term in office, he arranged for DSO to play concerts at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, at the Lincoln Center in New York, and for a two-week concert tour of Portugal. These events greatly enhanced the reputation of the DSO.

Mr. Lundgaard was active for many years at the Academy of Life Long Learning (now Osher Lifelong Learning Institute “OLLI”) at University of Delaware. He taught many courses in science, religion and music there and was chairman of the Academy Council in 1997.

Throughout his life, he was active in athletics: a varsity athlete in college, a golfing member of Wilmington Country Club for 35 years, winner of many medals in downhill ski races in Vail and Aspen, and nationally ranked as a downhill ski racer in the age 70 and up division.

A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Ivar A. Lundgaard Endowment Scholarship Fund at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University of Delaware. Please send contributions to: University of Delaware, Gifts Processing, 83 E. Main St, 3rd Fl., Newark, DE 19716. Make checks payable to ‘University of Delaware’ and include on the memo line the fund name and the person’s name for whom the gift is being made. Arrangements are by Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home (610-444-4116) of Kennett Square. To view his online tribute and to share a memory with his family, please visit www.griecocares.com

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