Knox College Grad Turned Diplomat Wins Alumni Award

From WGIL radio:

Many Knox College graduates like to come back to Galesburg and to campus often — in fact, it’s pretty much encouraged. But one hadn’t been back on campus at all for 37 years — before Friday.

You may not be able to blame Charles Kartman, though. He spent 26 years with the State Department as a special envoy, deputy Assistant Secretary of State, and other titles, dealing in large part with East Asian issues, including North Korea.

Kartman received an Alumni Achievement Award at Knox College Friday — and says several Knox professors caused him to work in a part of the world for 30 years that he otherwise wouldn’t have given much thought to. “I was just a kid from the South Side of Chicago, with no known skills, but possessing some small store of intellectual fuel, waiting to be ignited…by the late Howie Wilson…along with Steve Bailey, Harlan Goudy, and their colleagues.”