Carleton mourns loss of two prominent retirees

It is with sadness that we report the loss of two highly prominent members of the Carleton community, Professor Emeritus of Chemistry, Peeter Kruus, and Carleton’s first full-time Director of Athletics, Norman Fenn.

Kruus first came to Carleton in 1965 and immediately became known for his outstanding teaching, while adhering to the highest of academic standards. Several of his Ph.D. students have gone on to have remarkably successful academic careers, including Associate Professor of Chemistry Bob Burk.

He formally retired in June 2003, but continued to serve the University as a sessional lecturer in Environmental Chemistry and Environmental Science as well as teaching in the Learning in Retirement program.

The Kruus family is establishing the Peeter Kruus Memorial Award. For more information, including how to contribute, please contact Jana Rand at

As Carleton’s first full-time Director of Athletics, and coach of the basketball team from 1952-1964, Norman Fenn was described as a coach, counsellor and valued friend. Born and educated in the United States, he also worked with volunteer relief efforts in India and Pakistan with the American Friends Service Committee before coming to Carleton in 1952. After a brief hiatus from Carleton, Fenn returned in 1974 as Dean of Students, where he remained until his retirement in 1979. Fenn maintained a connection with Carleton after his retirement and was actively involved in the community working with the Carleton School Board and Big Brothers. Fenn was 84.

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