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Dr. C. Daniel Lindblom

December 11, 1935 — September 3, 2021

Dr. C. Daniel Lindblom, of Highland Park, passed away Friday, September 3, 2021 at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick. He was 85.

Born in Jamestown, NY, he was the son of Harold C. Lindblom and Mabel Anderson. He graduated from Jamestown High School and attended Eastman School of Music, where he received his Bachelor of Music degree. He went on to pursue a master's degree in German Language and Literature at the University of Rochester and received a Fulbright Travel Grant to study in Cologne, Germany for a year.

Upon his return he moved to New Brunswick, NJ to pursue his Ph.D. in German Language and Literature at Rutgers University, where he met his wife, Harriet. They married in March 1964 and have been residents of Highland Park since 1972. He taught German at Montclair State University until his retirement in 1998.

Music was of utmost importance to Dan throughout his life. Shortly after arriving in New Brunswick, he accepted a job playing piano at The Unitarian Society of East Brunswick. He remained there for more than 50 years, ultimately becoming Director of Music, and was a dedicated member of the congregation.

Dan had a special interest in early music and the harpsichord. He was a skilled woodworker and built two harpsichords for the Unitarian Society, and nine others for family and friends. His pride and joy was the French double manual harpsichord he built for himself. For many years he and Harriet, who is a soprano, performed art songs in concerts together. They particularly enjoyed organizing "soirees" where they performed with dear friends who shared their appreciation of music.

Dan was also an avid reader, a wonderful conversationalist, and known for his sense of humor and sharp wit. He was devoted to his family, and especially enjoyed the time he spent making music with his granddaughters on viola and harpsichord.

Surviving is his beloved wife of 57 years, Harriet (Smith) Lindblom; his daughter and son-in-law, Beth and Ronald Patkus of Poughkeepsie, NY; his granddaughters, Margaret and Laura Patkus; his cousins Palmer Lindblom of Rochester, NY and Julie Boozer of Scandia, PA; his brother-in-law, Homer A. Smith of Norfolk, VA; and his niece, Melinda Smith of Portland, OR and nephew, Matthew Smith of Norfolk.

A Memorial Service will be held at a later date at the Unitarian Society of East Brunswick. Contributions may be made in Dr. Lindblom's name to The Unitarian Society of East Brunswick at www.unitariansociety.org/ or to the Boston Early Music Festival at https://bemf.org/ . Arrangements are by The Crabiel Home for Funerals, 170 N Main St.-at Riva Avenue, Milltown, NJ. You may sign the online condolence "guestbook" at www.crabiel.com
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