Carol Virginia Van Alstyne, of Wilton, died peacefully in her home, Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012. She was 81. She was the wife of the late Peter R. Van Alstyne who died in 2005.
Born Nov. 18, 1931 in Providence, R.I., she was a daughter of the late Carl O.M. Carlson and Harriet Newman Carlson. She earned her bachelor of arts in psychology in 1953 from Colby College. She started graduate studies at Brown University before moving to New York City to work for Redbook Magazine. In New York, she met her husband of 48 years, Peter Van Alstyne. They moved to Wilton, in 1958, building a house where she lived until her death.