Deceased: August 1, 2018
July 13, 1942 – August 1, 2018
Karen West came to Carleton with our class from Arlington, Ohio, a suburb of Columbus. She always wanted to attend Carleton, to repeat the happy experiences reported by her mother, Dorothy (Wee) West, of her year at Carleton in the 1930’s. But, regretfully, a shortage of funds made it impossible for Dorothy to stay.
Karen had an unusual high school experience, having spent a year traveling around the world on a ship, landing at various ports and meeting with notables who conveyed their teaching first-hand; one who was particularly impressive was Edgar Snow.
Karen became good friends with my roommate Judy Nustad, and me, and we had a lot of fun together. Karen’s mother sent wonderful care packages which Karen gladly shared with us. Sadly, the year at Carleton fell far short of Karen’s hopes, and she left at the end of the year. She returned to Columbus (where Judy and I visited her), enrolled at Ohio State, and graduated in 1965.
Meanwhile, in the summer of 1964, she married Robert Hagler and moved to Xenia, Ohio, where she had a career in real estate. She is survived by four children and numerous grandchildren.