Notices of the passing of members of the Carleton community
- January 23, 2015
Evelyn Johnson, age 63, died unexpectedly on Thursday, January 22nd, at her home in Bay City. Evelyn worked at Carleton for 42 years, beginning right after she graduated from high school in June 1969 and retiring in September 2011. During those years, she worked as the secretary in the Modern Languages and Geology Departments, and in the Career Center, but mostly as the Registration Coordinator. Evelyn's "work sisters" in the Registrar's office describe her as fun, generous, and witty, as well as a great worker who helped to build a strong team.
- January 14, 2015
Vern Bailey, age 83, passed away on Saturday, January 10th after a long illness. Vern taught English at Carleton, beginning as an instructor in 1965 and retiring as the Marjorie Crabb Garbisch Professor of English, Film, and the Liberal Arts in 2000. But 35 years wasn’t enough for the college, and Vern continued to teach his famous film courses occasionally until 2004.
- November 24, 2014
Tom Gillispie died on Saturday, November 22 at the age of 76. Tom worked in custodial services and on the grounds crew for 31 years, from 1969-2000. While working at Laird Stadium, he oversaw the locker room counter, handing out the coveted Carleton "gray T's" and pulling pranks. Tom would often stop his riding mower to chat with faculty, staff, and students, offering funny and friendly advice.
- November 24, 2014
Jon "Whitey" Nicholson died of a stroke on Friday, November 21, at the age of 78. Jon worked at Carleton for 34 years, primarily in Admissions, as well as in Alumni Relations, Publications, and Financial Aid. Although he retired in 1999, Jon remained active in the alumni and athletic communities, and was a mentor and friend of so many people. Jon was kind, thoughtful, funny, and deeply loyal to the College and its community.
- September 8, 2014
W. Richard (Dick) Cantwell died on Sunday, Sept 7, at the age of 82. Dick came to Carleton as an Instructor in German in 1965 and retired as Professor of German in 1993. In the 1970’s, he initiated the department’s overseas seminar in Germany. He was also the Director of Off-Campus Programs from 1979-1983. Dick was a generous and supportive colleague with a wry sense of humor. He brought many interests to his teaching, including his extensive knowledge of German history, German literature, and his expertise in opera and the German Lied.
- April 7, 2014
Margaret Ann (Ranny) Riecker '54, trustee from 1987-2010 and former chair of the board from 1999-2004, died peacefully at MidMichigan Medical Center-Midland on Monday, April 7. She was 80 years old. She was born Nov. 9, 1933, in Ann Arbor, the daughter of the late Harry A. and Margaret D. Towsley. A zoology major at Carleton, she graduated in 1954 and participated as a student in music and drama events. She served as president of the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation and president and chair of the Harry A. and Margaret D. Towsley Foundations.