June 2, 1918 – January 19, 2019
Alvin E. Dahl ’43 died Jan. 19, 2019, with his family at his side.
He was born the third of seven children to Scandinavian immigrant parents, Hilma Hedden and Olaf John Olsen Dahl, on June 2, 1918, in Middle River, Minnesota, the summer his father was ordained a minister of the SDA Church at the Anoka Camp meeting in Minnesota. After living in Brooklyn, New York, and Chicago, Illinois, where he graduated from Broadview Academy, he attended Emanuel Missionary College (now Andrews University) for one year. There he met his future wife, Charlyn Snyder, who was studying nursing. He then transferred to La Sierra College for his second year. He took some summer school and was accepted into the College of Medical Evangelists when another student was unable to attend. He was the youngest member of his class. Dr. Dahl married Charlyn in 1940 prior to his last two years at White Memorial Hospital in L.A.
In 1943, Dr. Dahl interned at Porter Hospital in Denver, Colorado. He was given a lot of hands on experience that year and decided to do a surgical residency in Benton Harbor, Michigan. He had been able to observe and assist in many cases in Denver. Shortly into the residency, he discovered that first-year residents do not do much and he had already done more than many senior residents, so he dropped out of the program and let Uncle Sam hire him. He entered the Army where he spent time in the Philippines at a field triage hospital. Following his discharge, his family moved to Denver to start a general practice, which included OB, surgery, anesthesia, and office and house calls. They loved hiking and exploring the outdoors. He was active in the local medical community, service organizations and the SDA Church. Dr. Dahl and Charlyn spent six months at the Saigon Vietnam Adventist hospital near the end of the war. He retired in 1982 to travel around the U.S. and abroad.
In 2001, Dr. Dahl and his wife moved to Scottsdale, Arizona, to be closer to their daughter, Diane. Dr. Dahl celebrated his 100th birthday with family in June 2018. He was preceded in death by his wife of 73 years in 2013.
Dr. Dahl is survived by his sister, Eunice Dahl Galleher; three daughters, Sharon Dahl Wedin, Sheila (John), and Diane (William); granddaughters, Karlyn (Jeffrey) and Sharlene (Andre); four great-grandchildren, Kalli, Tanner, Parker, and Zachary; and numerous nieces and nephews.
(Source: Family of Dr. Dahl)