Charles W. Lofgren '62
“It would be hard to find an alumnus who cares more for or who has personally done so much to influence the future well-being of Carleton both in deed and financial support,” wrote one classmate in nomination of Charlie Lofgren.
Lofgren’s lifelong devotion to Carleton has borne much fruit, as he was a key force in creating and organizing the current Alumni Annual Fund (AAF) and also in helping to create a new paradigm for Carleton reunions.
In 1987, following the successful 25th reunion of the Class of ’62, Lofgren was one of about a dozen Carls who met with incoming Carleton president Stephen R. Lewis Jr. to advocate for a new annual fund that was volunteer-driven but professionally staffed, with adequate resources to accomplish its goals. Due to the efforts of Lofgren and others, Carleton’s AAF is now “the envy of virtually every college west of the Hudson river,” according to Lewis. Lofgren served on the AAF board for 10 years and also was an AAF decade director from 1988–1991.
Lofgren has chaired the Lofgren Alumni Business Fellowship Program since its inception in 1984. The program, which was established by Charles Lofgren Sr., has awarded more than $1.5 million to date in scholarships to 44 Carleton alumni seeking to return to business school mid-career.
As a Carleton trustee from 1996–2010, Lofgren served on nearly all the board’s committees at one time or another during his tenure and was valued for his concise but insightful questions. Lewis called him a “terrific member of the board of trustees.”
Additionally, Lofgren was a volunteer for Carleton capital campaigns led by presidents Lewis and Howard Swearer, and he is an active participant in Chicago Carleton Club events.
Professionally, Lofgren co-founded an international manufacturer of specialty packaging materials, ADE Inc., in 1981 in Chicago. Previously Lofgren worked in marketing for the Permacel Division of Johnson & Johnson Corp. He is a past trustee of the Newberry Library and a past member of the Art Institute of Chicago’s acquisitions committee. He continues as a board member and treasurer of the Society for Contemporary Art at the Art Institute of Chicago.
Lofgren has numerous Carleton connections, as both his late father and mother (Charles Lofgren Sr. ’27 and Mary Carpenter Lofgren ’29) were alumni. He and his wife, Mary (Moses) Lofgren ’62, continued the Carleton Lofgren line with two of their three children—Stephanie ’86 and Wesley ’87.