Charlotte Anderson Tripet ’53

2008 Distinguished Citizen Award

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Charlotte Anderson Tripet has generously volunteered her time to improve the lives of others. While her husband Thomas, Class of 1952, devoted himself to his career with the Robbinsdale, Minnesota, area school district, she raised money for scholarships, and now, nearly 10 years after his death, she volunteers weekly, helping elementary students learn English.

When Tom was diagnosed with progressive supranuclear palsy, Charlotte cared for him and became involved with raising awareness of PSP as well as research funds. She continues to support caregivers dealing with PSP.

At age 4, Bob, one of their three children, was diagnosed as developmentally disabled. At age 21 he became employed by an organization now known as Opportunity Partners, which provides housing and employment for people with developmental disabilities and brain injuries. Charlotte has volunteered with OP for 20 years, planning social programs, accompanying clients during community experiences, and, now, as a member of the volunteer advisory committee.

Charlotte served for many years, two as president, on the board of Twin Cities International Program for Youth Leaders and Social Workers. TCIP brought social service professionals from abroad to work with their Minnesota counterparts. Charlotte personally hosted 20 visitors in her home.

For over 50 years, Tripet has been a member of Valley Community Presbyterian Church, serving as moderator of deacons, president of the women’s group, and three terms as ordained elder. At Macalester, Tripet served on the alumni board and on her reunion committee. As classmate Janet Strane Engeswick wrote, "Through her lifetime of meaningful commitment, Charlotte has responded to life’s difficulties with positive action. She continues to act in outstanding leadership roles and supports causes that exemplify Macalester College."