Knut J. Aarsand
Knut J. Aarsand

January 11, 1940 - October 19, 2002
Born in Norway
Resided in Arnold, MD


Knut Jardar Aarsand, revered as a successful, charitable businessman, died Oct. 19 at his home in Arnold. The cause of death was not available.

The 62-year-old Rugby Hall resident was born in Norway in January 1940, the son of the late Jardar and Gudrun Aarsand. When he was 7 months old the family moved to the United States, settling in Tenafly, N.J.

A graduate of Tenafly High School, he attended Davis and Elkins College in Elkins, W.Va., and Marshall University in Huntington, W. Va., graduating with a bachelor's degree in history and English in 1961.

In 1967, following service as a first lieutenant in the Marine Corps, he earned a law degree from George Washington University.

In 1966 he became the founder and chairman of Aarsand Management, a franchisee of KFC and Taco Bell Restaurants, and a member of the Philadelphia Stock Exchange. In the early 1970s, he became an Anne Arundel County Real Estate broker and in 1982, he developed his first KFC restaurant franchise in Havre de Grace.

Since that time, the company has expanded to include Taco Bell and Pizza Hut franchises operating 56 restaurants in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

He was active throughout his life in civil and charitable affairs. In 1986 he founded the Chief Executive Officers Investment Club and was also a founding board member of the Second National Federal Savings Bank of Annapolis. He was also a member and former director of the Annapolis Rotary Club, a member of the Board of Visitors and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

"I will remember him as a charitable and giving person," said Bill Hancock, business associate and friend. "He was completely committed to the communities where his restaurants are located, helping the Boys and Girls Clubs and Scouts, among others, receive over $100, 000 in grants, just in this past year alone."

In 1970, he became a member of the Annapolis Yacht Club and served as chairman of its membership committee.

In 1991 he was named chairman of the USS Annapolis Commissioning Committee, a two-year project culminating with the arrival of the nuclear powered submarine in Annapolis.

Earlier this month, his service to the Annapolis Yacht Club was recognized with the presentation of the Arnold C. Gay Award, conferred on the member who made an outstanding contribution to the club's success.

He is survived by his wife, Elaine Clark Aarsand of Rugby Hall, Arnold; one son, Kurt Aarsand; one daughter, Krista Aarsand Bedford; one brother, Torben Aarsand of Hagerstown; and two grandchildren.

Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at St. Martin's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1120 Spa Road, Annapolis. A memorial service will be held at the Annapolis Yacht Club from 1 to 4 p.m. on Nov. 10.

In lieu of flowers, his family has requested that donations be made to the Annapolis Yacht Club Foundation, 2 Compromise St., Annapolis, MD, 21401 or to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Anne Arundel County, 1815 Bay Ridge Ave., Annapolis, MD 21403.



St. Martin's Evangelical Lutheran Church
1120 Spa Road
Annapolis, MD US 21401
Tuesday, October 22, 2002
1:30 PM