Jim Stenstrom

24 November 2020
Jim Stenstrom

James Stenstrom, age 83, died on November 19th in Northfield. Jim began working at Carleton as the college’s chauffeur, enjoying the chance to meet and talk with people on the way to and from the airport.

Jim’s primary work at Carleton was as Assistant Locksmith, a role that grew out of his earlier business as a jeweler and watch repairer. As a locksmith, Jim was well-known, liked, and respected across campus. He retired from Carleton in 1999 after more than 20 years here. 

A more complete obituary can be found on the Benson and Langehough Funeral Home website.

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  • 2020-11-24 13:17:27
    Mark Hansell

    Jim was the first person I met in Northfield-- he picked me up at the airport when I came to campus for my interview. He was such a nice, decent guy that my immediate thought was "wow, if the people here are like this,I really want to live and work here." I didn't get to see Jim much after I started working at Carleton, but I'll always be grateful for the wonderful first impression he gave me.

  • 2020-11-24 14:03:29
    Elise Eslinger

    I got to know Jim when I worked in College Relations; he would often pick up Convocation speakers, trustees, or other visitors from the airport and bring them to campus. He was reliable, pleasant, and always willing to help. I enjoyed our conversations and appreciated they ways he helped make Carleton a friendly place.

  • 2020-11-24 15:50:03
    Fred Hagstrom

    As the previous comments make clear, Jim was so kind and friendly with visitors- a real gift to the College when he did so well as being that first contact. I stayed in touch with him because my dept seems to always have a connection to the folks in facilities. And every time I saw Jim it would include a few minutes of catching up, always with his kind and open attitude.

  • 2020-11-24 18:47:46
    Mary Steil

    What a warm and wonderful man! I loved to see his smile and just be around him, he was a breath of fresh air, a break from work and a special, special man. Peace and light, Stennie

  • 2020-12-12 10:45:23
    Leon Lunder

    Jim was an incredible neighbor and colleague. He and Corky were never too busy to lend a hand. Always a kind word and a smile. Jim will be missed but his light will always shine in our lives.

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