After turbulent times as students in the early 1970s, members of the Class of 1973 are more bonded than ever thanks to the efforts of Kathleen Boe ’73. Boe has been an Alumni Annual Fund class agent and has helped plan every one of her class reunions since 1997, plus two mini-reunions in Red Wing, Minnesota, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is dedicated to connecting with diverse and disengaged groups within the class and co-organized the first-of-its-kind “Conversations on Race” virtual program for honest and challenging conversations as she and her peers neared their 50th reunion, which provided a foundation for 1973’s commitment to help Carleton become a more inclusive, diverse, and equitable institution. “Conversations on Race” also led to a monthly book club and motivated the class to provide college with input for its strategic plan for Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity.
Boe earned a degree in Engineering from the University of Minnesota and led global manufacturing operations for a Twin-Cities-based company. She then moved into the non-profit sector as Executive Director of the Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership.
She currently serves on the board of Graywolf Press and lives in Plymouth, Minnesota, with her husband, fellow Carl Thomas Boe ’72.