William Woehrlin

10 January 2020
William Woehrlin

William Woehrlin, age 91, died on January 9th in Northfield. Bill taught History at Carleton for 31 years, beginning as an Assistant Professor of History in 1962 and retiring as the Laird Bell Professor of History, Emeritus, in 1993. 

Bill was a deeply respected, popular, and caring teacher and colleague. He was a “gracious intellectual,” an eloquent, clear, and careful scholar, teaching courses in Russian, Soviet, and Modern European intellectual and economic history. Many considered him the conscience of the college and, because of his ethical stance, elected him as the first faculty chair of the Carleton faculty in 1970. 

Intellectually engaged until his last few days, Bill continued teaching and taking courses in the Cannon Valley Elder Collegium after his retirement. Bill was also warm and fun-loving. He was a great storyteller and an impressive two-toned whistler. He and his wife, Molly, were hospitable to all–students, faculty and staff, and community members — including at Bill’s annual cider press parties.

A memorial service for Bill will be held at 11am on Saturday, February 15 at First United Church of Christ, 300 Union St., Northfield. Visitation will precede the service at 10am and a lunch will follow, both at the church.  

The Carleton History Department invites you to join them in celebrating Bill at their department reception during Reunion: Friday, June 19 from 2–4 p.m. at the home of Bill North and Victoria Morse, 109 Winona Street.

Gifts in memory of Bill may be given to First United Church of Christ, the Cannon Valley Elder Collegium, the MN Historical Society, or the Woehrlin Memorial Fund at Carleton.


A full obituary was published in the Northfield News

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  • 2020-01-10 11:13:59
    Steve Schier

    I was a junior faculty member during Bill's final years at Carleton, but came to know him well and respect him immensely. He was a brilliant, kind, considerate man. The work "exemplary" should be used rarely when evaluating others, however Bill was truly an exemplary faculty member and colleague. Bill was one of the all time "greats" among the Carleton faculty.

  • 2020-01-10 12:10:12
    Dale Stevenson

    Meeting William and the thought provoking insight and kindness he showed, set a standard that I have stoved to achieve myself. Rest In Peace

  • 2020-01-10 14:35:31
    Fred Hagstrom

    When I received tenure, Bill was on the committee. He sent me a small note after the process saying that he "could not imagine a stronger case for tenure". That coming from someone who was so much the soul of Carleton, meant that so much to me. For him it was probably a small moment and a quick note, but it made me feel that I belonged. If he could say something like that, it meant something since, for me, he was the top.

  • 2020-01-10 15:01:19
    Louis Newman

    I still have strong memories of talking with Bill during my first years at Carleton, when he was already a tenured faculty member. Since our offices were both in Leighton, we crossed paths frequently. He was unfailingly kind and friendly, generous and thoughtful. It quickly became clear to me that he was a faculty leader and was widely respected by his colleagues. Engaging with him was part of my introduction to Carleton--he exemplified so much of what this community values. Even though we haven't spoken in years, I was deeply saddened by this news. He will be missed by all who knew him.

  • 2020-01-11 17:07:30
    Jamie Jurkovich '87

    Prof. Woehrlin was my advisor in the 80s. He was always warm and thoughtful. I enjoyed his classes very much, and learned a lot from him. I clearly remember being invited over to his home as part of a smaller seminar group. That meant a lot to me as a student. I was fortunate to be his advisee.

  • 2020-01-11 18:40:27
    Diane Nemec Ignashev

    The irony of farewells is that the person you'd most like to read them is no longer with you. For me Carleton was and will continue to be Bill Woehrlin: I met him the first day I interviewed for my job; he mentored me through years of junior faculty angst between sessions editing--word by word--his translation From the Depths; he suffered through first drafts of more articles than could hope to be published; he and Molly graciously opened their house to Russian Club and to visitors from Russia, and "dinner at the Woehrlins'" was always an event to relish. Who else, at age 90, would apologize when asking for help compiling the bibliography for a new course--for the Senior Collegium, then offer a glass of wine for the ensuing discussion? Bill was and will remain the embodiment of all the good Carleton does and of all its hopes to do better.

  • 2020-01-13 10:32:35
    Ken Wedding '67

    Bill was one of the best teachers I had the good luck to experience in my years at Carleton. Meeting him on campus after his retirement was a real pleasure.

  • 2020-01-13 11:29:11
    James Mayor '95

    I took Imperial Russia and then Soviet Russia with Professor Woehrlin during my second year at Carleton. I think that was his last year before retiring. He was a great professor with a wonderful sense of humor. I feel lucky to have had the opportunity to take classes with such a Carleton legend. Rest in peace.

  • 2020-01-14 09:55:58
    Cynthia Luck Shearer

    Bill and Molly were among the first to welcome Clem and me to Northfield and to Carleton roughly 3 decades ago. They defined community engagement. When life took difficult turns, both he and she were ever present sources of wisdom and strength. I am blessed to have known them.

  • 2020-01-14 10:27:53
    Kathy Strauss Burger

    I am so sorry to see this. Bill Woehrlin was an excellent teacher and a very nice man. I am very glad I had a chance to speak with him and thank him at my 40th reunion in 2017.

  • 2020-01-14 15:29:19
    Robert Nichols

    Bill was a gracious and generous colleague during my 34 years at St. Olaf. We worked to grow interest in the Russian area and strengthen ties between our Russain programs. He was a kind but exacting critic of my published writings. His biography of Chernyshevskii, the Russian literary critic and activist, was a pioneering study of the man in English, a must read for anyone interested in modern Russian history. He is missed and I am greatly saddened by his passing.

  • 2020-01-14 18:37:02
    Peter Gordy

    This news makes me sad. Professor Woehrlin was the one who, through his teaching and inspiring attitude, encouraged me to major in History. I certainly had some inclination toward the discipline, but had I not had his classes in European and Russian History and witnessed the example he set as a scholar and as a human being, I might well have opted for Political Science instead. He was, in my view, what a teacher and an academic ought to be. His love of his work was readily evident, and it was infectious. A wonderful person, as was his lovely wife, and I lament his loss.

  • 2020-01-14 19:54:54
    David Finkelstein '70

    Bill was my advisor and teacher and just an all around nice man. We had countless discussions on countless topics and I will miss his optimism, his intellect and his kindness.

  • 2020-01-15 14:26:35
    Caterine Clay

    I am moved and very sad about Bill Woehrlin’s death. I agree that death often carries such a painful irony. I so wish I had kept in touch with him.
    His generous mentoring was one of the most important aspects of my time at Carleton, and likely one of the main reasons that I went on to finish with a doctorate in Modern Russian History. I took his Imperial Russia course in 1975 as an English major with a self-styled “Russian Studies” minor. I enjoyed it so much, I asked him if he would support me in an independent study, and so with the collaboration of another faculty member, I delved into psychohistory; Bill was willing to guide me in writing a psycho-history of Alexander Herzen! However odd and audacious that seemed at the time, and even now, he encouraged me to explore that unconventional approach. His approval, serious regard and research/writing help meant the world to me as a very young and unpromising student from a small MN town and public school background. I continue to teach Russian history, remembering Bill’s approach, to this day.

  • 2020-01-15 20:54:01
    Clifford Clark

    Bill Woehrlin was a remarkable teacher and a great friend, colleague, and mentor. He invited me to Carleton for my interview and was always a sage advisor. I admired his self-deprecating humor, his love of students who he invited to his house in the fall for making cider, an event which he called the "big squeeze," and his ever-present intellectual curiosity. He and Molly set the standard for being engaged and generous community members. They entertained students, faculty, and trustees at their home, and were always ready to provide a helping hand to anyone who was part of the Carleton family. I was fortunate to spend an hour with him the day before he died and we were able to reminisce about our work together for more than thirty years in the history department. He was still as sharp as ever, curious about the world, thankful for his blessings, his long life, and his many friends. I never heard his speak a negative word about anyone. I will miss him dearly.

  • 2020-01-16 18:43:55
    Charlie Cogan '82

    My father's parents got out of Russia in 1910 and moved to Brooklyn, so I wanted to learn more about the challenges they had faced and signed up for Bill's Imperial Russia course. I learned more in one trimester that I could have imagined and took another course with him a few terms later. The history department at Carleton has always been strong and Bill was a wonderful lecturer and mentor. Two classes with Bill prepared me for several more courses with Russia content, including an excellent course with Roy Grow. One of the best parts of coming back to Carleton in 2000 was the opportunity to get to know my old professors again as a junior colleague and I treasure that time and those conversations very much. In about 2005, my wife and I (we met when I was serving in the Peace Corps in Togo after Carleton) were on a panel about romantic relationships through the ages and Bill and Molly were on the same panel and had everyone laughing at their insights from attending adjacent single-sex colleges. Others have remarked that Bill was always kind, but he was also diligent and did not brook BS well. In a paper on Mikail Suslov in 1981 he read my footnotes so carefully that he caught me trying to finesse a quote from a prominent Kremlinologist and noted that my use of the quote 'did not inspire confidence'. I think my rigor as a historian was enhanced when I realized that someone would actually care enough about what I had written to follow up on it and double-check. This never happened again during ten years of graduate studies. Tough love, but delivered clearly and constructively.

  • 2020-01-17 09:40:42
    Theo G. Stavrou

    Dear Bill ( Colleague and Friend):

    You lived a full and fruitful life; but still you left us too early. This world will always have need of people like you. Indeed, you and your beloved Molly made this world a better place to live. I am sorry we were not able to get together once more as we had planned some time ago. But I will cherish all the memories that I have of you; and I will always be grateful for entrusting your classes to me one year when you were on leave. It was a wonderful experience teaching your students. Good fortune made it possible for me to get to know several members of your family, all of whom, I am sure, will miss you deeply. So will your friends and colleagues, indeed all who have made your acquaintance. You were an accomplished and respected scholar. Your scholarship has staying power. At least once a year, I still mention you and your work when I teach my course on modern Russian history. I particularly appreciated your life style as a human being and as a scholar. And then there was the judicious use you made of literature in the teaching of Russian history. Because you were such an exemplary teacher and parent, and because you loved literature and ideas so much, allow me to share with you again the words of one of our beloved Russian poets:

    Life is but a moment,
    The dissolving of ourselves
    Into the Selves of others
    As if bestowing a gift.

    You have done just that in your beautiful moment of existence on this earth. Your memory will be eternal among all who got to know you; and may your rest in peace.

    Theo

    (Theofanis G . Stavrou)

  • 2020-01-17 12:13:02
    Chip Smith '81

    Bill was a great advisor and encouraged my interest in history. But it was his taking the time to play squash with me, at the courts under the stadium, that is one of my strongest memories and it meant a lot to someone who was missing some of the East.

  • 2020-01-17 12:21:35
    Pamela Smith Finkelman ‘71

    Professor Woehrlin is the reason I was a history major. Back “in the day” prospective majors took a seminar-like course that was an introduction to the study of history, methods and approaches. The subject was not the point. I took Bill Woehrlin’s class on the rise of Nazi Germany. With his pipe and pipe-support materials laid out on his desk, he expertly guided our small group toward an understanding of how fascism took hold in Germany. I was hooked. When I am asked why I was a history major, I simply reply that the department had many of the best profs on campus, that’s why. Thanks, Mr. Woehrlin, for enriching my life.

  • 2020-01-17 12:28:30
    Jenny Nunemacher

    I was a student in Bill's two intro Russian History courses in the early 90s. I had avoided history courses because of my reluctance to write term papers, if I'm honest. I wish that I had taken his classes sooner, though, because his courses were so approachable. His lectures were engaging, the reading was relevant, and his assignments and tests actually taught me how to learn and study history. I regret that I was too young and naive to recognize this and take more advantage of it then. Blessings to his family and friends who will miss him deeply.

  • 2020-01-17 12:55:45
    Paul Harvey ‘75

    One of my favorite Carleton professors, he was unfailingly kind, engaging, and articulate. He spoke in paragraphs in class, which always amazed me, and kept teaching even after retirement, a measure of his devotion to his life’s work. I mourn not only for his friends and family, but for all students who will be deprived of his instruction.

  • 2020-01-17 13:29:05
    Jon Acheson

    Prof. Woehrlin (Bill) has always been a kind of role model for me as I teach history. He was scrupulous in reading papers and asking both the specific question -- or making the judicious incisive correction (see Mr. Cogan's honest story above!), as well as raising the larger question which my paper approached but didn't fully address. Dinner at his house, tea at seminars, funny stories, and always the chance to learn big ideas from history's follies, and moments of compassion: Bill was a very kind man; and, as a scholar remains an inspiration to me as a professional educator. I cannot match the ending eloquence of Mr. Stavrou above, but agree completely with the notion of Bill's ongoing 'gift.'

  • 2020-01-17 14:22:20
    David Groundwater '81

    I remember sitting in a bleary Winter term Saturday morning class when Bill digressed into a reminiscence of one of his professors, who he described as "a saint of a man." Bill mused that one day we too would be telling stories about "Old Woehrly." And it's true, Old Woehrly, he was a saint of a man.

  • 2020-01-17 15:28:30
    Nancy Hoyt

    Professor Woehrlin was a wonderful professor. I never considered being a history major until I took his Introduction to History on the rise of Nazi Germany. I learned so much about the study of history from that class and, yes, I became a history major. I am glad I did. I enjoyed his classes and working with him on student government issues.

  • 2020-01-17 16:13:20
    Carl Petry, '65

    I took only one course with Bill Woehrlin: the first segment of his Russian survey. But Bill had already developed a reputation as someone to whom one should turn for advice: about the major or academics generally. And this after only a few years of service in the History Department. I recall the course itself since I was impressed with Bill's comments about the qualities of Russian intellectuals during the 19th century. Not to mention the so-called 'enigmas' of the Russian scholarly tradition. On a personal level, Bill was an exceptional presence in my time at Carleton. As a role model for someone considering a career in the profession, and as a person. Bill had a knack for offering criticisms that emphasized the potential for what one might accomplish rather than what one had failed to achieve. The capacity to inspire by noting shortcomings as opportunities for growth is a real talent. I didn't keep up with Bill and Molly as much as I might have after I graduated. But when I had the opportunity to offer a lecture at Carleton a few years ago on 'new directions in medieval Islamic Studies,' Bill came up to thank me for my insights. I cherish the memory.

  • 2020-01-17 17:10:36
    Bob Tipping '81

    Sophomore year I took both Imperial and Soviet Russia from 'Proffessor Woehrlin' all the while wondering whether Carleton was the right thing for me - what am I doing here? Bill was on the plus side of the balance sheet at the right time. I ended up majoring in history, Bill was my advisor, I went to Yugoslavia with his encouragement, and the world opened up! I think often about the first person who was what I hoped a college professor and and college experience would be. Thanks Bill! Rest in peace

  • 2020-01-17 17:13:47
    Peter Kolstad '76

    Bill was part of the reason I became a history major. I took two classes with him: Nazi Germany and Russian history. Caught his special love of history (Clio, the history muse). He had that pipe-smoking, collegial, utterly natural college professor charm; his Nazi Germany class was a wonderful introduction to Carleton in the fall of my freshman year. A few years ago, someone from the Class of '47 told me how much they loved Bill Woehrlin's talks at the Elder Collegium. No surprise there.

  • 2020-01-18 15:25:20
    Richard Lee '78

    The loss of Professor Woehrlin is a great loss indeed. Like others here have noted, Professor Woehrlin's freshman seminar on Weimar and Nazi Germany was a revelation for me, and led me to consider a history major. Sophomore year his Soviet Russia course convinced me to choose history. The sadness of his passing is offset in part by reading these wonderful recollections and tributes. I vividly remember the witty, heartfelt eulogy he gave for my advisor, Eleanor Zelliot in 2016. He was a kind, brilliant but always humble and approachable man. William Woehrlin lived a full life, and the world is better for it.

  • 2020-01-18 21:37:14
    Sally Lincoln (Vogel) '78

    Those of us who lived in Russian House on Nevada Street often set off for Russian history class a little on the late side, arriving when Professor Woehrlin was just starting his lecture and we tromped across the front of the class to noisily settle into the front row seats. I always felt a little chagrined, but in a flash was lost in the wonder of his lectures - the logic, the narrative, the brilliant clarity that made all those Ivans and Catherine and Elizabeth and Decembrists and Slavophiles fall into sharp marching order. I learned a lot, and, more importantly, became curious about all that I heard -- intrigued enough decide to major in Russian and step foot into that vast puzzle, the USSR, first as a student in Leningrad and then as a guide on a ninth-month U.S exhibit that toured three Soviet cities in the Brezhnev era. Thanks to Professor Woehrlin’s teaching, I had a historical framework for what I saw and heard, so that I could grasp and appreciate something of the Russian-ness of the experience.

    But Professor Woehrlin was about more than history and Russian. I remember that as a violinist in the college orchestra, we performed Bach’s Mass in B minor, and there was my Russian history prof, seated in the front row of the audience, looking rapt as the music unfolded. The next day after class he made a comment about the concert, how he enjoyed it. I didn’t even know that he noticed that I played the violin, and somehow that pleased me so much that such an important professor could recognize and appreciate something I had contributed. But of course, that was not surprising - he was a very kind and warm person who paid attention to his students.

    I now work in public education. The latest fad in that establishment is to deride teaching by lecturing, because the experts believe students will be disengaged, that it is not interactive enough. And during those endless (stupid) discussions about how to present material without lecturing I always think back to Professor Woehrlin’s completely engaging Russian and Soviet history lectures, when the hour would fly by in a hearbeat. And I recall the very last class in Soviet history, when, at the end of the final lecture, we all stood and applauded.
    Thank you, Professor Woehrlin, and Godspeed.

  • 2020-01-19 05:19:34
    Kay Biga '82

    Professor Woehrlin was a wonderful teacher and touched many lives, including mine. I would like to send my condolences to his family during this difficult time.

  • 2020-01-19 10:59:44
    Mike McNee’72

    Bill was my adviser too. BEST PROF EVER, he was such a kind , gracious man always. I had him for several courses on Russian history; and, also, German & European history in the late 60s & early 70s. He molded me intellectually & academically in many positive ways. I will always think of him & Carleton in the same breath . Mike McNee, class of 72.

  • 2020-01-19 11:00:52
    Mike McNee’72

    Bill was my adviser too. BEST PROF EVER, he was such a kind , gracious man always. I had him for several courses on Russian history; and, also, German & European history in the late 60s & early 70s. He molded me intellectually & academically in many positive ways. I will always think of him & Carleton in the same breath .

  • 2020-01-19 11:09:52
    Mike McNee 72

    I just had to add that professor Woerhlin played rottblatt slow pitch softball during my time at Carleton & we shared a lot of conversations about our experiences in the field that I’ve missed in the decades since graduation.

  • 2020-01-20 11:52:26
    Curt Gunsbury

    Bill was a warm fire, gracious and thoughtful and just plain good to be near. Thank you, Bill, for sharing the gift of your teaching, and for guiding the growth and inquiry of so many young minds!

  • 2020-01-20 15:11:24
    Heidi Schneider, 1979

    I became a history major because of Prof. Bill Woehrlin. He was kind, generous of his time, keenly interested in students and their lives. His office door was always open to us. His classes were fascinating, as he linked together sociological, political, historical, and literary trends in each subject he taught. He helped me refine my senior thesis and taught me there was a thing called Intellectual History. He guided me toward teaching as a career. I am in his debt.

  • 2020-01-20 23:53:32
    Dorothy Eliot Hiestand, 1967

    Bill Woehrlin was the professor I admired and respected the most while I was at Carleton. His Russian and Soviet history classes were hard to keep up with! He packed so much into each lecture! I used his history courses as an essential building block in my Russian and East Asian Studies major. He really cared about his students and was always available to meet during his office hours. In addition, he participated in many campus faculty groups and committees, and devoted time to his family, including a special-needs child. I asked him once how he could keep up with all his activities, and he answered that he had spent two years in the Army, and had found it to be such a colossal waste of time that he has been racing ever since then, to make up for the lost time. Bill Woehrlin was a shining example of a Carleton community member and professor, and he will be long and fondly remembered.

  • 2020-01-21 01:31:05
    Joanne Wakeland, 1967

    I'm sad to read of Bill's death. What a run he had! I took Soviet history from him and remember what an inspiring lecturer and teacher he was. I would have loved to have had a freshman seminar with him. And I deeply appreciate his kindness as a colleague. When I went back as a new instructor from 1975 to 1977, he couldn't have been more helpful and encouraging. I remember his care for students, his attentive listening, and his deep honesty. And yes, I looked forward to Christmas Caroling and enjoying cider at Bill and Molly's house. I'm so glad that he continued to enrich the Northfield community after his retirement.

  • 2020-01-24 08:56:38
    Gary Wagenbach

    As a new member of the Biology faculty during the early 1970s my family was welcomed by the Woehrlins. Bill soon invited several colleagues, from multiple departments, to their wonderful home on Maple Street to discuss scholarship projects. Bill was a runner during the 70s and 80s, and one of high endurance – a run to the Iron Bridge and back was often pursued. Then after a lunch in Sayles, over to Gould Library for some reading before heading home. Curiosity about most everything, travels, students, literature, natural world, tools, and engineering, and of course history were most apparent until the very end. His teaching in the Cannon Valley Elder Collegium was legendary and an inspiration to those who teach in that program. As a long-standing member of a men’s breakfast and discussion group, participants always appreciated his presence and contributions – including on The Brothers Karamazov. Bill is deeply missed.

  • 2020-02-02 12:42:01
    Peter Blau

    Sorry to be a late commenter here, but I wanted to add that Bill Woehrlin was not only my favorite Carleton prof, but my favorite teacher of all time.

    Best memory: arriving in the classroom while he was writing "What is to be Done?" on the chalkboard. This being the title both of a novel by Chernyshevskii (whose English-language biography was written by Prof. Woehrlin) and, some years later, a manifesto by Lenin.

    Speaking of Lenin, my SECOND best memory of Prof. Woehrlin was when a fellow student, one of the revolutionary persuasion, remarked: "I admire Lenin for his ruthlessness."

    To which Prof. Woehrlin replied: "(STUDENT'S NAME)," have you ever seen a bashed body? Well, I have."

    That was all he had to say. Never again did I hear that student, or any other in the class, attempt to rationalize the brutality of either Soviet or Imperial Russia. Since he continued to teach after the fall of the USSR, I am sure Prof. Woehrlin did not hesitate to speak his mind about the human rights abuses of post Soviet Russia, either.

  • 2020-02-04 10:33:16
    Glenn Miller

    Mr. Woehrlin was my favorite professor at Carleton. He had a profound impact on both my critical thinking and writing skills. His classes were always rigorous, thought-provoking, and fun. One of my favorite college memories is when Mr. and Mrs. Woehrlin invited our Soviet studies class -- all eight of us -- into their home for a Bolshevik potluck dinner. That was my first introduction to vodka. Mr. Woehrlin, seeing me sipping at my shot glass said, very kindly, "Uh, Glenn, that's not the way the Russians drink their vodka." Beyond the wonderful lessons in both Soviet and German history, I often think back fondly of Mr. Woehrlin for his timely primer on vodka.
    My deep condolences to the Woehrlin family and the Carleton community.

  • 2020-02-19 11:02:09
    Richard Barnes Class of 1964

    Bill joined the Carleton faculty at a time when I thought I’d already learned as much as I wanted to learn about European history. His course on 19th C. Russian history was an eye opener to me. After Carleton I took another course in Russian history in grad school. It was a disappointment compared to Bill’s. “Mr. Woehrlin” was one of the first wave of younger scholars who welcomed students into spirited discussions and helped fuel a rise in the popularity of the History major in the classes to follow ours. I had looked forward to having him join our class luncheon as our invited guest at our 55th reunion this past June, and was sad and disappointed that he was unable to attend. Many of us have thanked him over the years, and I’m sorry that I did not have an opportunity to do so myself.

  • 2020-02-28 18:49:45
    Eric Guttag, '74

    I was very sad to hear of Bill Woehrlin's passing. Bill was a wonderful professor. I took European, Imperial Russian, and Soviet history from him. I remember working late at night to finish my term on the Russian vodka monopoly for Imperial Russian history and Bill noting I an error on my paper, commenting, as I remember, "perhaps too much vodka" (LOL). As a senior in my spring term, Bill was my advisor on an independent study I did on the socialism and invention, basically a follow up to a term paper I did in his Soviet history class, and even though a non-major in history. When I came to Carleton in 1999 to do a convocation on technology and the law, Bill was in attendance and invited me to his home for drinks and dinner. A truly class act all around.

  • 2021-02-22 15:07:19
    Sara Lowman, Class of '84

    Professor Woehrlin was my favorite Carleton professor! I took his Imperial Russia class followed by Soviet history--and was always impressed by his wonderful lectures and recall of historical details and anecdotes. He hosted discussion groups at his house (with wonderful treats served by his wife Molly). He was quite a bibliophile--we would discuss a paper or book chapter, and he always knew what the follow up reading should be off the top of his head. I was a biology major, but ended up completing a Russian Studies concentration due to Prof. Woehrlin's classes. I finished up my coursework with him with a senior seminar on Stalin. It was one of my favorite classes of all time. I saved my reading list from the Soviet Russia class, and recently re-read many of the books on the syllabus. He was a fabulous person--and will be missed!

  • 2022-03-27 14:02:35
    Peter Gentling '60

    My wife and I had the great fortune to join Bill and Molly Woehrlin and Bardwell and Charlotte Smith on a fascinating pilgrimage to Shikoku, Japan, many years ago. A magical time and a blessing.

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