Obituary for Charles Messner

Charles Arthur Messner, Jr was born October 18, 1925 in Boston, Massachusetts to Charles A. and Ethel (Mullarky) Messner, Sr. where his father was teaching at Harvard and Tufts. The family soon moved to Buffalo New, York and Charles grew up on the campus of Buffalo State University, attending the teaching school that was part of the University. He attended the University of Chicago where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a Ph.B. in Romance Languages. He subsequently taught at Yale and did graduate work there as a Sterling Fellow. In 1953 he came to Northfield and to Carleton as […]

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Charles Arthur Messner, Jr was born October 18, 1925 in Boston, Massachusetts to Charles A. and Ethel (Mullarky) Messner, Sr. where his father was teaching at Harvard and Tufts. The family soon moved to Buffalo New, York and Charles grew up on the campus of Buffalo State University, attending the teaching school that was part of the University.

He attended the University of Chicago where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a Ph.B. in Romance Languages. He subsequently taught at Yale and did graduate work there as a Sterling Fellow. In 1953 he came to Northfield and to Carleton as an instructor in the Romance Languages. On June 24, 1954 he married Lois Alward MacGregor of Chatham New, Jersey who he met while at the University of Chicago. Lois joined him in working at Carleton and they settled into life in Northfield.

Charles rose from instructor through the ranks, reaching full professor in 1976. He taught at Carleton until his retirement in 1991 and was active in the curriculum committees through the many changes during his career. In addition he was chairperson of the Romance Languages department and later the Modern Languages Department. He was instrumental in designing and directing the first language laboratory at Carleton and encouraging students to travel abroad as part of their language courses.

Charles was a woodworker and made many pieces of furniture for his and Lois’s home and also for friends. He and Lois enjoyed summers with their extended MacGregor family at their cabin on Bear Pond near Hartford, Maine. They also spent time in Europe on sabbaticals and leading student groups. They always traveled to Europe on ocean liners and Charles invariably returned with a car purchased abroad.

Charles and Lois’s kindness and generosity brought them many friends over the years. In 2006, Charles and Lois moved to Parkview where they lived for the last part of their lives. Charles passed away on March 1, 2018 at Parkview after a very brief illness. Charles was predeceased by his wife Lois and his parents Charles, Sr. and Ethel. Charles is survived by his cousin Bill Mullarky and by niece and nephews Margaret, John, Andrew and David MacGregor

Services will be 11:00 A.M., Friday, March 9, 2018, at the Chapel of the Northfield Retirement Community. Visitation will be one hour prior and a reception will follow. Interment will be in Oaklawn Cemetery, Northfield.

Memorials are preferred to the Northfield Retirement Community and to Carleton College.

Arrangements are with the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home. www.northfieldfuneral.com

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Funeral

March 9, 2018 - 11:00 AM


Visitation One Hour Before Service
Northfield Retirement Community Chapel
900 Cannon Valley Dr W Northfield, 55057 Get Directions

Burial

Burial: March 9, 2018 - 1:00 PM

Oaklawn Cemetery
1415 Wall Street Rd Northfield, 55057 Get Directions

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