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For Immediate Release
February 15, 2001

Carl Siemon 1922-2001

Boca Raton Florida — Business leader and conservationist Carl Siemon died at the age of 78 on Wednesday, February 14 at Boca Raton Community Hospital after a courageous battle with prostate cancer.

Son of Carl M. and Betty Tripp Siemon, Carl was born in Bridgeport Connecticut on July 8,1922. Following his years at Stratfield Grammar School, Fairfield Country Day School and Choate, he attended Yale and graduated with the class of 1945. Carl's college education was interrupted by World War II. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and proudly served for four years as a lieutenant in the South Pacific.

After graduating from Yale, Carl went to work for The Siemon Company in 1947 where, in his words: "Along with my family and my friends, the company was to become my life, as it was my father's and his father's." After working in purchasing and sales, Carl was voted President by its board of Directors in 1957, and served that office until 1982. He then became Chairman of the Board of Directors and held that position until his death. In 1951, Carl was responsible for bringing The Siemon Company from Bridgeport, where it was founded in 1903, to its present home in Watertown, Connecticut. From the time of Carl's first part-time summer job on his 16th birthday in 1938 to his death, he served the company for a remarkable 63 year span.

Carl believed in giving back to the community. During the 1960's, he served in the Connecticut State legislature as a State Representative and was an active member of the Republican Party. His community service in Connecticut also included the Rotary organization. He was a founding member of the Watertown Chapter. He was also a brother Mason affiliated with the Federal Lodge in Watertown, Connecticut and the Unity Lodge in Union, New Hampshire. His love of learning extended well beyond his school years and will live on with his endowed scholarship funds at Yale, Choate, Brewster Academy, Milton and Wakefield, New Hampshire resident college funds.

As operating management of The Siemon Company was transferred to its present president, son Carl N. Siemon, Carl Sr. turned his attentions to the family farm located in Milton Mills, New Hampshire. This chapter of Carl's life is rich with accomplishment, stewardship, and legacy that will benefit many future generations.

Carl had a deep love for New Hampshire where he spent his childhood summers on his grandparent's farms in Wakefield and then Milton Mills. He has resided in New Hampshire for the last 30 years, dedicating his time and energy into making Branch Hill Farm one of the most respected tree farms in the northeast. The Tree Farm began with the purchase of 18 acres of clear-cut forest in 1962, and has expanded to include 3000 acres of meticulously managed woodlands that are open for everyone to enjoy. Carl actively worked the forest, estimating that he personally pruned over 90,000 trees. In 1977 and 1991, Carl was recognized as New Hampshire's Tree Farmer of the Year by the American Tree Farm System. In 1982 he received the New England Tree Farmer of the Year award. To quote him, "The real award, which comes to us as Tree Farmers, is that it is a continuing personal reward---the reward of the joy and the privilege of working with God's work. Man can sign his signature and create good things for himself and for posterity in many ways - with brush and easel, with pen and paper, with sharps and flats, with inventions. He can also sign his signature with power saws and pruning saws - and all of us who do so receive the further special reward of having lived a part of our lives with Nature."

Carl was an active proponent of land conservation. He protected his land in perpetuity with conservation easements given to the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, and with the establishment of the Carl Siemon Family Charitable Trust in 1995. Carl enjoyed hosting numerous groups and tours that came to see and learn first hand about sustainable forestry, and land stewardship. Carl was a past trustee, and strong supporter of the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests. Through a donation to the SPNHF, the Carl Siemon Stewardship Fund was established to upgrade and strengthen its conservation easement stewardship program. Under his enthusiastic guidance, Carl also supported the establishment of the Moose Mountains Regional Greenways, an advocacy group for land protection in the towns of Milton, Wakefield, Brookfield, Farmington, Middleton and New Durham. Carl envisioned connecting his conservation lands with other protected lands to create corridors of "green" for wildlife, recreation, and to safeguard our natural resources for future generations.

Carl was a past trustee and generous supporter to the New Hampshire Farm Museum in Milton, New Hampshire. He was also a past Trustee of Brewster Academy and a member and past Chairman of the Strafford County UNH Cooperative Extension Advisory Council.

Survivors include his wife Beverly, brother Robert, daughter Cynthia Siemon Wyatt, sons Carl, Hank, John and CK, and their mother Mary Ruth. Carl also leaves stepchildren Steve McCabe, Erin Gardocki, Lauren Lieberman and 18 Grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 6:00 PM on Tuesday, February 20 at the Congregational Church of Watertown. A reception will follow at the church. This Spring, a service will also be held at the home of Cynthia Siemon Wyatt in Milton Mills, NH at a date to be announced.

The family has requested that, in lieu of flowers, tax exempt donations be sent to the Moose Mountains Regional Greenways (MMRG), PO Box 191, Union NH 03887.


About Siemon
Established in 1903, Siemon is an industry leader specialising in the design and manufacture of high quality, high performance low voltage infrastructure solutions and services for data centres, LANs and intelligent buildings. Headquartered in Connecticut, USA, with global sales, technical and logistics expertise spanning 100 countries, Siemon offers a comprehensive suite of copper and optical fibre cabling systems, cabinets, racks, cable management, data centre power and cooling systems and intelligent infrastructure management solutions.

With more than 400 patents specific to structured cabling, Siemon Labs invests heavily in R&D and the development of industry standards, underlining the company’s long-standing commitment to its customers and the industry. Siemon Interconnect Solutions (SIS) is a Siemon business unit comprised of a team of dedicated technical sales professionals supported by Siemon Labs, mechanical, electrical and signal integrity engineers committed to solving industry and customer driven interconnect challenges. Siemon provides custom network infrastructure solutions to OEMs, leading manufacturers, value-added resellers and system integrators.
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