In Memoriam – Donald Kjelleren

Donald Kjelleren

Donald Long Kjelleren passed away on August 30, 2015, at home in Shelburne, with his wife Lorelei by his side. He was born in Baldwin, New York on June 1, 1933, to Carl Alfred and Leona Franken Kjelleren. Don graduated from Baldwin High School, Norwich University (1954), and achieved a master's degree in Chemistry from the University of Vermont (1956). Don worked as a chemist and an International Marketing Manager for DuPont for 36 years. Don surprised his family by taking up running at the age of 49. This was the beginning of inspiring his family and many others to take up an active lifestyle. Shortly thereafter he ran the New York Marathon. When Don turned 60 he took early retirement and embarked on a one year fundraising and fitness awareness challenge, which he termed the Great American Adventure. This consisted of climbing the highest peak, a 100 mile bike ride, a 10 mile run and a one mile swim in each of the 50 states. Along the way he spoke to seniors about the importance of fitness and not giving up on their dreams. Don's passion for fitness and health led him to write a book on the topic, entitled "Happiness-The Road to Well-Being ".

Don pursued this passion further by providing leadership for the Delaware Senior Games, the National Senior Games and, most recently, Vermont Senior Games. He was a multi gold medal winner and national bicycling champion in the NSGA-Senior Olympics. Don and Lorelei were very active in the Shelburne Methodist Church, and found wonderful fellowship there. Don also loved Lake Champlain and sailed everything from dinghies, his beloved Flying Scot to the Diligence- a 30 foot family boat. - See more at: