Diethelm Prowe

Diethelm Prowe

  • Funeral Date: 6/19/15
  • Funeral Time: 9:30 a.m.
  • Date of Birth: 1/04/41
  • Date of Death: 3/07/15
  • Funeral Location: Skinner Memorial Chapel, Carleton College, Northfield

Diethelm Manfred Hartmut Prowe died peacefully on March 7, 2015 in Northfield, MN. Diethelm’s professional life was dedicated to the teaching of history and the intellectual development of young people, a passion that never waned. He influenced generations of students at Carleton College (1966-2008) in his roles as history professor, pre-law advisor, Mellon minority student program director, and senior faculty member contributing to key policy decisions. He contributed to scholarly work in the study of Germany, focused on Germany post-WWII, in the process of democratization, and later the appearance of the new Radical Right. He particularly enjoyed serving as editor of the German Studies Review journal 2001-2011. Diethelm was grateful for the outpouring of support and appreciation from former students and mentees, professional colleagues, friends, and family members in his final lucid days in February.

Diethelm was born January 4, 1941 in Bonn, Germany. Growing up in post-war Germany influenced Diethelm to maintain peace as a fundamental value. He immigrated to the United States with mother Hedwig and sister Irmhild in 1957, supported by older brother Gerd Prowe. He made the most of opportunities and good fortune in subsequent years to attend Kent State, pursue graduate study at Stanford University, and begin a very satisfying career at Carleton College. He felt deep gratitude and commitment to the people and the institution of Carleton College.

Diethelm was also a dedicated husband and father, and later savored his role as a grandfather. He is survived by beloved wife Peggy, brother Gerd Prowe, sister Irmhild Liang, son Derek Prowe (wife Julie), daughter Freya Prowe (husband Doug Washington) and numerous nephews and nieces. He felt particularly blessed to have five healthy grandchildren (Anja, Mara, Milo, Cassandra, and Mira), who live in California and Minneapolis.

A memorial service for Diethelm will be held during Carleton’s Alumni Reunion on Friday, June 19th, at 9:30am in Skinner Memorial Chapel. Donations in memory of Diethelm will be gratefully accepted towards the Professor Diethelm Prowe Endowed Scholarship Fund at Carleton College (c/o Gift Accounting, One North College Street, Northfield, MN 55057), or to your choice.

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