Residence: Seattle, WA
Deceased: March 2, 2019
Alumni survivors: Mrs. Marcia M. Almquist ’63 W63 (Widow/Widower)
Robert McKittrick '45
James Flinn '45
All who knew Bob deeply mourn his death in a particularly disturbing fashion. As the notice of his death in the Seattle Times
illustrates Bob was an unusually caring person , who spent his life serving people less fortunate than himself.
Bob was a very loyal Carleton alum who regularly attended reunions. He maintained contact with many of us and no words can express how much he will be missed by those who knew him.
The Class of 1963 is deeply saddened by the loss of our classmate Bob Almquist. Bob was a kind, caring, altruistic person, as his obituary explains. He was a highly-respected, treasured leader in our class, volunteering to serve year after year, as he did on our 50th reunion planning committee. As we mourn our loss, under especially disturbing circumstances, we send our deepest sympathy and love to Marcia '63 and the Almquist family.
I am not a Carleton alum nor am I age 77, but I want to share with you all the pleasure and reward of having been Bob and Marcia's close friend in Seattle continuously since the time of their arrival as my Plymouth Church UCC high school group leaders in 1970, when I was a high school sophomore. The Almquists, as much as anyone outside my own family, share credit for forming any good attributes I may have today as an adult. And at the same time, they are among the most fun people I have ever known. Bob's circle of friends in Seattle is as large and varied as anyone I know, and since my wife and I were lucky enough to have visited them in Quito in 2016, I can vouch for that being true in Ecuador as well. We will all be sharing Bob stories for a long time to come, and I very much hope to run across ones yet unmet among you, to do so with too.
Bob was my roommate all 4 years. I was the best man at his wedding. He made the phone call that led to my 54 years and counting marriage to Nancy Fitch Braucher '63. That same call led to his marriage to Marcia Miller Almquist '63 (Nancy's roommate at the time). He was a very close and dear friend. He will be greatly missed. On bit of a lighter tone, Bob came to our house for Thanksgiving break about every year. Chicago was much closer than Seattle. One year my parents had gotten us tickets to West Side Story at a big downtown theatre. Going home Bob remarked what a great rendition of Romeo and Juliet it was. I said Huh? Showed my level of knowledge of the arts at the time.