Juel Pettersen

July 4, 1946 - December 2, 2006

Arild Juel Pettersen, a devout Baha’i, sculptor, and architect, age 60, resident of 578 S. Main St., Cambridge Springs, PA, died unexpectedly Saturday, Dec. 2, 2006, at Hamot Medical Center, Erie, following a cerebral aneurysm occurring in his home the day before.

Born July 4, 1946, in Drammen, Norway, he was a son of Arvid Anker Pettersen and Ingrid Gundersen Pettersen. A resident of Cambridge Springs since 1989, he came from New York City with his wife, the former Teresa Maria Catherine Hunter, whom he married June 26, 1983.

Arild Juel Pettersen completed high school in Danvik, Drammen, Norway. His advanced education included Birmingham School of Architecture in England; the study of liberal arts in Gymnas, Norway; and study at the Norwegian State Academy of Fine Arts in Oslo, Norway. He received a bachelor degree in fine arts and a masters degree in fine arts from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, N.Y., graduating magna cum laude.

Arild Juel Pettersen’s sculptural accomplishments were outstanding. Numerous works were exhibited in Sindin Galleries, New York City; Scul-mar Corporate Parks, White Plains, N.Y.; Gallery Bellman, Oslo, Norway; and the Norwegian Seamen’s Church, New York City. He was a member of the National Sculpture Society.

Architectural designs of his include the restoration and preservation of a 19th-century barn located at the residence of Martha Louise Root (a pioneer in the Baha’i faith) located in Cambridge Springs. Arild Juel Pettersen also founded the Martha Root Re-Barn Members Association, a nonprofit 501 (c) 3 organization founded to promote education in the arts and sciences, to encourage non-violent conflict resolution, and to promote historic site preservation.

Arild Juel Pettersen was the artist of the bronze sculpture of the Dr. D’Angelo Monument now on exhibition at the Hamot Heart Institute, Hamot Medical Center, Erie. He also contributed numerous design drawings for the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie.

Juel was a contributing participant in Millennial Mystics. His extensive research project for "Religions Are One" has been preserved within the group website at www.millennialmystics.org .