Rodney L. Folk, 70, of Bedford, Mass., formerly of Astoria, died Wednesday, March 18, 2009, at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

He was born March 4, 1939, in Astoria, to Rudolph and Ellie (Filby) Folk. His parents preceded him in death.

He was raised and educated in Astoria and Eugene. He graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in political science.

In 1957, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and spent two years in Germany.

After leaving the Army, Mr. Folk worked in banking in New York City, then transferred to San Francisco, and then lived in Australia for two years. Returning home to Oregon, he pursued a master's degree in special education at the University of Oregon.

In 1973, he married Sandra Rebhan, who survives. They later divorced. The couple settled in Concord, Mass.

In Boston, Mr. Folk worked in education and later in business development. At the time of his death, he was working on a prototype for ski goggles, based on masks that the Inuits developed and wore in Alaska.

Family members said that after retiring, he enjoyed spending time with his family, volunteering at the Harvard Museum of Natural History and spending time at Walden Pond writing in his journal.

He is survived by a son, Carl Louis Folk of Concord; a daughter, Dorette Boland of Acton, Mass.; a brother, John Folk of Astoria; a sister, Anne Levitch of Bend.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Rudolph T. Folk.

A memorial will be held today in Concord.

Concord Funeral Home in Concord is in charge of the arrangements.

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