Farewells

Notices of the passing of members of the Carleton community. For notices of alumni passings, please see Alumni Farewells.

  • Kathy Tezla

    Kathy Tezla

    May 16, 2016

    Kathy Tezla died on May 6th after a long battle with cancer. Kathy came to Carleton in 1999, serving as the first Head of Collection Development for Gould Library until 2014. She worked closely with academic departments and individual faculty members to develop the library collection in support of the College's curriculum. She also developed the library's first policies for the systematic collection of electronic resources. In both of these endeavors she began formal coordination of our collection and policies with those of the St. Olaf Library. In addition to her work here at Carleton, she continued her national professional involvement and served on numerous American Library Association Committees.

  • David Porter

    David Porter

    March 28, 2016

    Former President and Professor David Porter passed away on Friday, March 25 in Saratoga Springs, New York. He was 80 years old. Porter taught classics and music at Carleton from 1962-1987 and served as Carleton’s eighth President from 1986-1987. He went on to serve as president of Skidmore College from 1987-1999.

  • Graham Kimble

    Graham Kimble

    March 14, 2016

    Graham Kimble, age 85, died on March 2nd in Casper, Wyoming. Graham worked at Carleton from 1964–1980 as an instructor in Mathematics, Director of Data Processing, Director of the Computer Center, and Director of Computing Activities. He helped students, administrative offices, and academic departments learn about and use computers in innovative ways. 

  • Zach Mitchell ’17

    Zach Mitchell ’17

    February 1, 2016

    Zach Mitchell, class of 2017, died on January 29. Zach had been battling cancer and was currently on leave from the College. Zach grew up in nearby Dundas. He entered Carleton in the fall of 2012 and quickly fell in love with the campus and the people; greatly enjoying and adding to the mix of thoughtful, smart, kind, and fun-loving Carls. Among other activities, Zach participated in CANOE and Model UN and his goal in life was to earn a PhD from Oxford University and return to Carleton in 10 years as a Geology professor.

  • Willard Tuomi

    Willard Tuomi

    November 10, 2015

    Willard Tuomi, age 84, died on Nov 8th after a long illness. Willard taught and coached at Carleton for 37 years, beginning as an Instructor in Physical Education for Men in 1955 and retiring in 1992 as an Associate Professor of Physical Education for Men. Along the way, he briefly coached basketball, but focused on baseball, football, and was the head coach of men's swimming and diving. Willard was greatly appreciated by his colleagues and students for his loyalty and his laid-back demeanor. He was known for his sense of humor and clever sayings, including stories about the summer of 1988, when Willard coached football in Finland—which was anything but "real" football then. His nickname, "Waldo," from his Hibbing High School—where he was inducted into their Hall of Fame in 2003—jokingly followed him here to Carleton. 

  • Zach Brokaw '18

    Zach Brokaw '18

    June 22, 2015

    Rising sophomore Zach Brokaw ’18, of Woodstock, Illinois, was killed in an automobile accident on Saturday, June 20, 2015. Zach was an impressive and engaging young man. He lived on third Nourse, wrote elegantly for the Carletonian, and loved his student job on the helpdesk and as a tech support assistant with Information Technology Services. He had a passion for nature, especially birds and birding, and had been selected to work as a student naturalist with the Cowling Arboretum’s Cole Naturalist Program this fall. Zach was also a member of the Climate Justice Coalition and the Tae Kwon Do Club.