Farewells

Notices of the passing of members of the Carleton community

  • Tom Gillispie

    Tom Gillispie

    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.

  • Jon Nicholson ’58

    Jon Nicholson ’58

    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.

  • Dick Cantwell

    W. Richard (Dick) Cantwell

    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.

  • Margaret Ann (Ranny) Riecker '54

    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.

  • Paxton Harvieux ’15

    Paxton Harvieux '15

    March 1, 2014

    Paxton Harvieux '15 died as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident just outside Northfield on February 28, 2014.  Paxton, of Stillwater, Minnesota, was a Computer Science major.  A funeral service for Paxton was held on Saturday, March 8 at the Stillwater Junior High School Auditorium.  A memorial service will be held at Carleton College on Saturday, April 12 at 4:00 p.m. in the Chapel.                   

  • Michael Goodgame ’15

    Michael Goodgame '15

    March 1, 2014

    Michael Goodgame died as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident just outside Northfield on February 28, 2014.  Michael, of Westport, Connecticut, was a Political Science major.  A memorial service for Michael was held  on Thursday, March 6 at Christ and Holy Trinity Church in Westport.  A memorial service will be held at Carleton College on Saturday, April 12 at 4:00 p.m. in the Chapel.