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Nancy Barrick Carlin '72

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Nancy Barrick Carlin '72

Founder of the John D. Carlin Career Development Forum

Retired Teacher

French Major

"Knox College has become a special place for our family. My husband, John,
my daughter, Sarah, and I came to Knox in 2002 for our 30th class Reunion.
We finally decided to show up at a Reunion and wanted Sarah to see the place
where we met and where we both received a solid education. Thanks to our classmates, she also learned a bit more about our past than we had previously remembered to share with her.

After a college search, Sarah decided to follow in her parents' footsteps -- the Reunion stories worked -- and pursue a liberal arts degree at Knox. In September 2006, I returned to Knox as a proud parent of an incoming student, but this trip was made without John, who passed away from brain cancer in 2004. After much thought, I decided that Knox is an appropriate place to honor John's too-short life by creating the John D. Carlin Endowed Fund to Support Career Development.

John spent more than 30 years in corporate business, working in various capacities for Cargill, Inc. He valued his Knox education and the success it helped him achieve, but he also felt that he didn't receive preparation for what to expect once he entered the 'real world.' Over his career, he met, mentored, hired, and sometimes fired people with a wide variety of backgrounds. He strongly believed that education is the beginning of a career path. What you do with that education is what matters.

Our goal for the John D. Carlin Fund is to provide students with the opportunity to meet a wide range of executives and alumni on campus to discuss and receive practical career information and advice. We hope that this forum will help current Knox students better prepare themselves for their 'real world' careers. John should be remembered for how he lived his life, not for his illness. I believe the career development fund is the right way to honor him."

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