‘Coach Jack’ Now Available

I always like reading local books and when I was in Carleton College-owned River City Books yesterday I found a new book that is as local as they come. “Coach Jack: The Life and Times of Carleton’s Jack Thurnblad” by David G. Lavender is about one of Carleton’s most beloved coaches and alums that anyone with a tie to the college will want to check out.

Says Stephen R. Lewis, Jr., Carleton’s ninth president: “Jack and Jinny Thurnblad are a great Carleton story spanning remarkably different eras in the College’s history from the 1940s to the present day. Campus leaders as students, ‘glue’ in the alumni body for fifty-five years, respected and effective coach from 1960 to 1984, ambassadors to Northfield, to collegiate athletics, and to young athletes outside the U.S. — what joy they have given to all who have known them. This thoroughly researched and well written account of their lives by Dave Lavender is a welcome addition to Carleton’s historical record.”

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