Charlotte Karlen (B.A. ’47) passed away July 11, 2005, after a 15-year battle with cancer. She was 78. Karlen was a patron and advocate for the arts, working 17 years at the Minnesota Orchestra as director of audience development. She was a social activist, professional social worker, and board member of The City Inc., an organization designed to help inner-city, at-risk youth. As a docent at The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, nothing delighted her more than exposing urban youth to the magic of art. Upon graduating magna cum laude in journalism from the University of Minnesota, where she was The Minnesota Daily’s medical reporter, she worked in New York’s Harlem as a social worker, her first professional calling that she later continued in Rochester, and at the Minnesota Welfare Board and Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. Karlen was awarded a Bush Fellowship in Arts Administration at Harvard in 1975, and was named to the Volunteer Hall of Fame by Minneapolis/St. Paul magazine in 1980.
Allan W. Lamkin (B.A. ’60) died March 22, 2005, at the age of 69. Lamkin served in the Army in the Korean War. After his honorable discharge from the Army, he attended the University of Minnesota, where he graduated with a degree in journalism in three years. He then attended William Mitchell College of Law, and was in private practice for the next 39 years. He enjoyed the outdoors and spending time with his children and grandchildren.
Vincent B. Shea (B.A. ‘40) passed away peacefully at home on January 4, 2005, at the age of 86. Despite having polio at age 5, Shea led a life of adventure and world travel. He owned his own printing company for many years; he was active in civil defense during World War II, the Minneapolis Police Reserve, the DFL Party, and was an avid sportsman and ecologist. He was the recipient of the Betty Jane Reed Volunteer Teacher of the Year award in 2001. He was a lifelong resident of Minneapolis.
Ray L. Wallentine (B.A. ‘49) died August 9, 2005. He was 78. Following graduation from St. Paul’s Central High School in 1944, Wallentine enlisted in the Navy and served until 1946. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota in 1949. He was a journalist and publisher, one of the founders of the Bloomington Sun newspaper, and the founder of Propane Publishing Corporation.