Notices of the passing of members of the Carleton community
- July 22, 2013 at 2:54 pm
Eleanor "Ele" Hansen, age 92, passed away on Saturday, July 20th, here in Northfield. Hired by President Gould in 1952, Ele chaired the Women's Physical Education Department, taught PE classes, and coached women's softball and cross-country for 34 years, until her retirement in 1986. She remained such a strong supporter of Carleton and individual members of the college community that many didn't feel she ever really retired. Ele had a joyful approach to life that was infectious and uplifting.
- June 17, 2013 at 3:51 pm
Professor Roy Grow passed away on June 16th, surrounded by his family at home in Northfield. Roy began teaching at Carleton in 1979, and retired this spring as the Frank B. Kellogg Professor of International Relations. He was known for his uncommon dedication to students, inviting them into his home, leading them to China, and keeping up with graduates all around the world.
- June 7, 2013 at 1:42 pm
Carol Thunem, age 65, passed away on June 4th at her home on Circle Lake after an extended illness. Carol began working at Carleton as the Switchboard Operator from 1997-2000. She then worked in Technical Services at the Library from 2000-2009, before taking positions in Archives and Periodicals from 2009 until her retirement in June 2012. Carol had an enthusiasm and positive outlook on life that inspired all those who knew and worked with her.
- June 7, 2013 at 10:18 am
George McCorkell, age 79, passed away on June 4th in Northfield. George worked as a painter at Carleton from 1987 to 1997. He had also done a considerable amount of painting for Carleton before that, while working for Young's Painting of Dundas. George was known as a very friendly, personable, courteous, and sincere person. George's wife, Lavonne, worked at the Carleton Library for two decades prior to her 1999 retirement.
- April 29, 2013 at 1:14 pm
Chemistry Lab Manager Brian Mars, 65, passed away on Saturday, April 27 at his home in Cannon Falls. Brian had just received recognition last week for 30 years of work at Carleton, having joined the Carleton Chemistry Department in June of 1983. Brian was a vital component of the teaching and research mission of the department, and he excelled at solving problems associated with installing, maintaining, and operating equipment and instruments in the chemistry department.
- May 14, 2012 at 3:12 pm
Professor of biology emeritus Paul Jensen, 91, passed away in California on May 12. Paul taught biology at Carleton for 31 years, arriving as an instructor in 1955 and retiring as professor emeritus in 1986. Paul was an ecologist before that was a common word. He cared deeply about the environment and communicated his passion for nature to his students and on alumni reunion nature walks. He was married to Marie Jensen '47, who taught piano at Carleton and who died this past October. Together they had three children, Katherine (deceased in 1963), Niels, and Karen. In keeping with Paul Jensen's request, Arboretum Director Nancy Braker '81 will lead a contemplative walk in Paul's memory at McKnight Prairie on Sunday, June 17th, from 7:15a.m. to 9:15am. Please meet in front of the Recreation Center at 7:15a.m. to car pool with alumni. Paul taught Biology at Carleton for 31 years.