Cecil C. Carstenson was born in Marquette, Kansas in 1906, but lived most of his life in Kansas City. He was a lieutenant colonel in the Army Air Forces in World War II and received the Legion of Merit and an air medal with three clusters. He had attended Finlay Engineering College. He worked for Western Electric Company for 36 years and retired as a shop superintendent in 1962.
More importantly Carstenson was a sculptor for 50 years, working exclusively in wood for his last 40 years. His work has been displayed in more than 25 museums, colleges and public buildings, including the Nelson Gallery; the Phoenix Museum; the Josyln Museum in Omaha, Nebraska; the University of Missouri-Kansas City; St. Benedict's Colle
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