Born in 1945 in Ringsaker, Norway, he came to America when his parents emigrated to run a Kentucky farm. His dad soon bought a horse farm near Lexington, where Dag graduated from high school as president of his senior class and a National Merit Scholar semi-finalist.
At Princeton Dag majored in politics, completing his thesis under Professor Richard Falk on the Swedish UN Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld. A member of Tower Club, he was active in the Undergraduate Schools Committee, Whig-Clio, Orange Key, and the Gateman Agency.
After graduation Dag went to Norway as a Norwegian wire service foreign correspondent. He met his first wife, Grethe, there; they later divorced. He married Lajla, a Norwegian woman with four children. In 1978 the family moved to America permanently, and Dag managed the family farm while employed as the director for international affairs of the Council of State Governments. He was executive editor of state government news, and for years he taught foreign journalists how to report on government. He wrote theater reviews for the Lexington Herald Leader, published a history of the city of Lexington, and wrote a book about the state for schoolchildren. Dag earned a master’s degree in history from the University of Kentucky and taught government courses at its Patterson School of Diplomacy.
In 2005 Dag retired and with Lajla moved to Santa Fe. An outdoorsman and hiker, he helped rewrite the Sierra Club’s 7th edition of its New Mexico hiking guide and wrote a novel, Hardboot Rules, about a teenager growing up on a Kentucky horse farm.
Dag is survived by Lalja and children Olve, Trond, Anja, Hild, and Shep ’01; five grandchildren; and a Class of ’67 enriched by this internationally influential man.