Diethelm and Peggy Prowe first met during a welcome lunch for new faculty members in the fall of 1966, when they were seated together at President John Nason's table. Diethelm had just begun teaching in the history department; Peggy was teaching physical education and coaching field hockey and swimming. They were married two years later.
Diethelm, Laird Bell Professor of History, emeritus, retired in June; Peggy retired from part-time teaching in 2000. They recently set up a deferred charitable gift annuity with Carleton after assessing how dual retirement would affect their financial picture. "We knew we wanted to do something for Carleton at some point," Diethelm says. "Facing the changes to our income and the associated tax implications, we realized it would be better to make this gift now rather than later." Looking down the road, Diethelm and Peggy also recognized that deferring income for a short period of time would be a wise decision for them.
The Prowes were delighted with the assistance provided by the Carleton Development Office. "We called Mari and two days later everything was taken care of," explains Diethelm.
While this fall feels a little strange to the couple without the usual routine of course preparations and student advising, they are looking forward to more time with family and opportunities to travel. "When we started in 1966, we thought we'd be here for two years," notes Peggy. They both agree, "Things worked out well."