Ollie Van Cise

 

 

As a community Forest Lake was deeply sadden when we learned of Ollie’s passing on March 8th 2013. Ollie was a highly respected member of the FLC staff for an uninterrupted tenure of thirty years. He first arrived at Forest Lake as a tennis counselor but soon became the head counselor of the junior camp where he became an institution and touched the lives of hundreds of campers and young staff. Nearly every alumnus from the 50s, 60’s, and 70’s who re-visits FLC asks about Ollie. Ollie is always remembered for his bugle playing, his puns, his backboard-like tennis ability, and his rendition of the “Golden Argosy”.Perhaps, more important, was the role model that he provided to his charges – the kindness, the fairness, the reliability, and the decency. Ollie was very tuned in to the needs of young boys and structured a junior program that is always remembered by the many young men who prospered from having attended the junior camp under his leadership. Ollie’s career, apart from FLC, was as a social studies teacher and guidance counselor in the Chatham (NJ) school system.He was an avid sports fan and a voracious reader. Ollie and his wife, Tally, who also worked at FLC lived in Basking Ridge, NJ where they raised their two children, Glenn and Lynn. Upon retirement, Ollie and Tally moved to Bend, Oregon to be closer to both their children.

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