January 8, 1945 – January 17, 2023
HAMMONDSPORT – Dennis “Denny” Reinhold Carlson died on January 17, 2023, surrounded by his wife and children. He was born on January 8, 1945, in Newark, NJ to the late Leighton Reinhold and Helen Elizabeth (Miller- Milewski) Carlson. Raised in Kearny, NJ, Dennis was a graduate of Kearny High School, Clarkson College BS, Mechanical Engineering (1966) and Master’s, Industrial Management (1969). Dennis served in the Marine Corp Reserves from 1966-1973. After graduation, Dennis started his career at Corning Glass Works in Corning, NY as an equipment engineer in a factory producing pressed glass. Dennis transitioned into Corning’s medical diagnostics division where he worked in a variety of domestic and international sales and marketing leadership roles as the organization changed ownership. Some of his favorite roles were serving as President and CEO of Ciba-Corning Canada in Toronto, CA from 1986-1991 and as Director of Worldwide Diagnostics in Medfield, MA from 1991-2003. He retired in 2003 after 38 years with the Corning/Bayer organization.
Upon “retirement”, Dennis and his wife, Pamela, moved to his beloved Keuka Lake where he spent time with his family as a young man. He immediately started a second career in real estate which allowed him to continue to explore and share his favorite place on earth. With his love of Keuka Lake and the surrounding community, Dennis was dedicated to the Keuka Lake Association serving as president from 2016-2020. He served on the Wayne Town Board and the Glenn H. Curtiss Museum Board for over 10 years. Dennis was especially proud of his eight years on the Hammondsport Central Board School District Board of Education where he served as president from 2018-2020. In addition to his parents, Dennis was predeceased by his brother, Leighton B. Carlson. Dennis is survived by his wife of 30 years, Pamela Carlson; son, Christian Dennis Carlson (Heather) of Boulder, CO; daughter, Hope Stephanie Carlson of Charlotte, NC; stepsons Randall Barraco (Melissa) and Ric Barraco; granddaughters, Helen Jane Carlson and Charlotte Elizabeth Carlson; grandson Christian Wade Carlson; stepgrandaughters Amanda Barraco and Danielle Barraco; stepgrandson, Anthony Barraco; and brother-inlaw Duane E. Mellor, Jr. The family is grateful for the compassionate care of Deepak Madhao Sahasrabudhe, MD and Lynn Sievert, NP at the University of Rochester Wilmot Cancer Center.
A memorial service for Dennis will be held at a future date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Keuka Lake Association supporting direct service to the overall mission to preserve and protect Keuka Lake, keukalakeassoc.org, 142 Main St, PO Box 35, Penn Yan, NY 14527 or the Glenn H. Curtiss Museum, glennhcurtissmuseum.org, 8419 State Route 54, Hammondsport, NY 14840. The Bishop & DeSanto Funeral Home, 35 Main St., Hammondsport is honored to assist Dennis’s family with the arrangements. Online condolences or remembrances of Dennis are welcome on the Facebook page of Bishop-Johnson & DeSanto Funeral Home or at www.bishopdesanto.com.