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

  • 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.”

  • 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.