Rolf Oscar Gullans, 89, died peacefully at his Savannah, Ga. home on July 1, 2016.

He is survived by Mary Lou (Clark), his loving wife of 65 years, and his four children and their spouses, Steve and Stenie Gullans, Louise and Edwin Brooks II, Joan Gullans-Pluck and Garrett Pluck, and Ann and Andrew Nash of Wilton. He felt blessed to spend many enjoyable years with his 10 grandchildren and more recently with his two great-grandchildren.

Gullans was born in West Springfield, Mass., to Finnish immigrant parents and graduated early from high school to join the war effort as a member of the U.S. Army Air Corps. He attended the University of Massachusetts on the G.I. Bill and received a B.S. in engineering. Gullans spent a career in the paper industry, which led to 10 moves around the U.S. before he retired as a senior executive at International Paper Corp. He and his wife moved to Savannah from Wilton, Conn., in 1994.

A memorial service will be held this autumn on a date to be determined. The family is deeply grateful to Quelin Frazier for her loving support and to all of Rolf’s friends who made his life so wonderful.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests gifts in his memory be made to support Parkinson’s research in the laboratory of Dr. Clemens Scherzer, who was very helpful to Gullans. Checks can be made payable to Brigham and Women's Hospital and sent to: Brigham and Women's Hospital Development Office, 116 Huntington Ave., 3rd floor, Boston, MA 02116.