Nils A. Berglund, a poultry expert well known in the East End farming community in part because of his years as an agent with Suffolk’s Cornell Cooperative Extension, died of complications of heart disease at home in Swanton, Vt., on Oct. 22. He was 62.
Mr. Berglund raised his own poultry stock and showed it in national competitions. “He was always there to answer a question for someone else about the raising of poultry,” friends said. “He loved raising chickens, ducks, geese, quail, homing pigeons, and Devon and Guernsey cattle.” Friends said they would remember him as a happy-go-lucky person with a terrific sense of humor.
He was a 1973 graduate of the University of Vermont, and in 1976 he earned a master’s degree in agriculture at the University of Connecticut. He was a former chairman of the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy, a past president of the American Milking Devon Cattle Association, and a former senior warden at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in St. Albans, Vt., where a funeral service was held last Thursday. Another was held Saturday at the Church of the Redeemer in Mattituck.
Mr. Berglund was born in Southampton on Jan. 6, 1951, to Leigh Berglund and the former Gertrude Okerstrom. He grew up in Southampton. The Okerstrom family had a farm off Mecox Road in Water Mill, not far from the old St. James Hotel.
For a time Mr. Berglund ran a duck farm in Riverhead. He moved to Vermont about 17 years ago.
He is survived by his partner of 17 years, Donald Fournier of Swanton, and by a brother, Leigh Berglund Jr. of Sag Harbor.
Memorial contributions have been suggested for the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy, P.O. Box 477, Pittsboro, N.C. 27312.