Notices of the passing of members of the Carleton community. For notices of alumni passings, please see Alumni Farewells.
- 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.
- 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.
- April 2, 2015
Roger Kirchner, 78, died at home on Tuesday, March 31st. A brilliant 1958 Carleton graduate, Roger returned to campus to teach Mathematics here for 38 years. He began as an Instructor in Mathematics in 1962 and retired as an emeriti Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science in 2000. Colleagues describe Roger as a mathematician's mathematician. He was broadly trained and interested, the person other faculty could go to for help in almost any area of math. Roger was an inventive teacher, helping students learn how mathematicians think and approach problems, and thus preparing them very well for advanced work in math. He was dependable and supportive of all the activities in the department, a cohesive force in a department admired for its togetherness.
- March 18, 2015
Ross Shoger, age 85, died on March 16th after a long illness caused by a severe stroke in 2010. Ross taught Biology at Carleton for 35 years, coming to Carleton in 1959 as an Instructor in Zoology, retiring in 1992 as an Emeritus Professor of Biology, and continuing to teach courses for two more years. Ross was a rigorous but popular teacher, communicating his curiosity and awe of the natural world to students with great care and humor. For many years, Ross was also the pre-med advisor, mentoring hundreds of students who went on to become doctors. He stayed in touch with many alumni, sometimes traveling widely to visit them.
- March 17, 2015
Wayne Carver, age 91, died on Sunday, March 15th at home after a long illness. Wayne taught English at Carleton for 38 years, beginning as an instructor in 1954 and retiring as the William Laird Professor of the Liberal Arts in 1992. Significantly in his life, Wayne grew up in Utah and was a life long member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, "but a dissenter!" He received his BA from Kenyon College. Wayne helped generations of Carleton students (including this one) discover the beauty and depths of poetry and literature. In addition to teaching, he helped to launch the teacher certification program and the American Studies Program, moving parts of the college toward interdisciplinary studies.
- March 14, 2015
Professor Qiguang Zhao died of a heart attack on Friday, March 13th, while in Florida. He was 67 years old. The Burton and Lily Levin Professor of Chinese, Qiguang came to Carleton in 1987 and single-handedly launched the Chinese language program. He initiated the Chinese Studies in China off-campus program in Tianjin and now Shanghai, leading the program more than 10 times. Qiguang was a favorite professor of many students, teaching a popular spring course on the "Taoist Way of Health and Longevity," which included leading Tai Chi on the Bald Spot. He also taught courses in advanced Chinese, such as Chinese Poetry and Classical Chinese. He often taught using "huajing," drawing lively cartoons that illustrated his points. Qiguang loved watching students grow in understanding of themselves and the world through experiencing another culture. But his knowledge and intelligence, kindness and generosity, and willingness to think with them about the big questions of life, were as much a factor in students' growth and learning.