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

  • 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.”

  • Pat Lamb

    Pat Lamb

    January 29, 2018

    Pat Lamb, age 83, died on January 28th after a long battle with cancer. Pat came to Carleton in 1962 as a physical education instructor and retired in 1994 as Professor Emerita of Physical Education, Athletics, and Recreation. As Carleton’s first director of women’s athletics (1970-1985), Pat was a pioneering champion for women’s physical education and an influential leader in the early development of increased sports opportunities for women, not only at Carleton, but also at the state, regional, and national levels.

  • Julie Klassen

    Julie Klassen

    January 16, 2018

    Julie Klassen, age 74, died in Northfield on Saturday, January 13th. Julie taught German language and culture at Carleton from 1978 until her emeritus retirement in 2009. Her course on “The Forest in German Literature and Culture” fed her dedication to environmental causes, just as her interest in East German literature provided students with a unique perspective on issues of conscience and the role of the arts in an authoritarian regime. She co-taught courses in ENTS, often using the journals of immigrants to explore earlier engagements between people and the natural world.

  • Daniel Van Eyck

    Daniel Van Eyck ’54

    December 5, 2017

    We received the sad news that Daniel Van Eyck ’54 died on November 19th in Madison, WI at the age of 85. Dan had three titles during his years here at Carleton from 1967–1970: Dean of Students, Dean of Men, and Assistant Professor of History. He went on to work for the University of Wisconsin System Administration. A more complete obituary of Dan's caring and engaged life before and after his work at Carleton is attached.

  • Jessie Lindberg

    Jessie Lindberg

    November 20, 2017

    Jessie Lindberg died on Nov. 18th at the age of 99. Jessie worked as an assistant in the Carleton Library from at least 1972-1980. She was dedicated and responsible — finding books that had been wrongly shelved brought a smile and a twinkle to her eyes. Her eagerness to help people continued even after she moved to the Three Links Care Center four years ago. 

  • Gail Huyck

    Gail Huyck

    November 20, 2017

    Gail Huyck died on Nov 15th at the age of 80. Gail worked as the secretary in the Audio-Visual Department from 1974–1981, as well as secretary to the Coordinator of Studies in Film and Television, 1975–1980, and as secretary to the Director of the Film Arts Program, 1980–1981. Gail's creativity didn't start or end, however, with film. She loved to sketch, paint, and cook. She had a wide circle of friends that extended to students, including athletes coached by her husband, Bill.