A remembrance by John Winberg
“I was shocked and saddened to hear of Lee’s death. One of my true regrets in life is that I lost contact with Lee after his wedding in 1969. That makes it forty years since I last saw him, but I still remember his impish smile when he beat me at a game of cards or when he came up with the “killer word” in the daily crossword puzzle.
Lee and I lived across the hall from each other on Second Goodhue during our sophomore year at Carleton, and we shared a triple, Severance 205, with John Skaggs as seniors. Lee and I developed a trade-off: I washed his clothes, and he typed my term papers. Lee was far ahead of me when it came to a lot of things: He had a true idea of what he wanted as a career; I was trying to get through college and avoid the draft. I was learning to drink beer; Lee was already into Canadian whiskey. We’d do the daily crossword puzzle, in ink, and Lee taught me those “crossword puzzle words: stoa, neke, snee, and erne.
Lee’s idea of the perfect day was 2:00 PM to 2:00 AM. I didn’t think it was possible to graduate from Carleton by taking all afternoon classes! Lee was always a “Big Picture Guy,” and let the little things take care of themselves. We were Rottblatt teammates for a couple of years, a fact which he neglected to report to the Phy Ed Dep’t at Carleton, and wound up fulfilling his Phy Ed requirement in grad school.
Even after a forty year separation Lee will always have a special place in my heart.”
-by John Winberg aka “Bagger”
Awarded for the Best Paper Written by a Junior Political Science Major
Lee Sigelman, Carleton class of 1967, and Rottblatt devotee, died December 21, 2009. He had a distinguished career as a Political Scientist and was the editor of the discipline’s flagship journal, the American Political Science Review, from 2001 to 2007.
The Carleton Political Science department seeks contributions to a fund that will be used to endow and sustain this annual award, starting in 2010-2011.