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

  • Joan Reitz

    Joan Reitz

    May 22, 2018

    Joan Reitz, 91, died on Saturday, May 19th here in Northfield. Joan worked at Carleton first as secretary in the Art Department in 1975-1976, and then for 13 years as secretary to the Chaplain until her retirement in 1989. Friends and colleagues describe Joan as unfailingly gracious and kind to all and a loyal friend. She was devoted to her family, Carleton, its students, her church, and many community groups.

  • Arlene Kluver

    Arlene Kluver

    April 27, 2018

    Arlene Kluver, age 89, died on Thursday, April 26th, at the Three Links Care Center here in Northfield. Arlene worked from 1965 to 1995 in the Office of Admissions, including eight years as Secretary to the Dean of Admissions. She continued to work when needed as a Sodexho checker in Burton Dining Hall for two years after her retirement. 

  • Mary Bigelow

    Mary Bigelow

    April 18, 2018

    Mary Bigelow, age 61, died on Tuesday, April 17th at the Reflections Care Center in Northfield. Mary worked part time and seasonally from 1991 through this past fall in Carleton’s “Garden of Quiet Listening” behind Watson Hall.

  • Alice Hall

    Alice Hall

    March 29, 2018

    Alice Hall, age 94, died on March 22nd in Northfield. Alice worked in the Carleton Business Office from 1961 to 1984. She was an engaged and lively person and will be dearly missed by her family and friends.

    A funeral service for Alice was held on March 24th.

    A more complete obituary can be found at the Bierman Funeral Home website.

  • Charles Messner

    Charles Messner

    March 2, 2018

    Charles Messner died March 1st at the age of 92. Charles taught French at Carleton for 38 years, beginning in 1953 as an Instructor in Romance Languages and retiring in 1991 as Professor Emeritus. Charles served on many committees and was for a time the chairperson of Romance Languages and later of Modern Languages.

  • Jack Thurnblad ’49

    Jack Thurnblad ’49

    February 13, 2018

    Jack Thurnblad ’49, died February 12th at the age of 96. Jack came back to Carleton in 1960 as the Men’s Basketball Coach and Assistant Professor of Physical Education for Men. In 1980, he became the Athletic Director (Men’s Department) and retired as the Emeritus Professor of Physical Education for Men in 1984. In between, he also coached golf, baseball, and football. After his retirement, he continued to coach basketball and golf until 1989. In 2008, Carleton’s basketball court was dedicated in honor of Jack, and the scoreboard reads “In honor of Coach Jack and Jinny Thurnblad.”