Carl Llewellyn Weschcke, businessman, Died at 85


Carl Llewellyn Weschcke was born on September 10, 1930, and died on November 7, 2015.

He was a businessman and the president/owner of Llewellyn Worldwide (formerly Llewellyn Publications) from 1961 until his death.

Carl received nationwide media attention when he bought the supposedly haunted Summit Avenue Mansion in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1964, and claimed to have “numerous odd experiences” there.

Born in St. Paul, Carl bought Llewellyn Publications in early 1961 when he was president of Chester-Kent, Inc.

In 1970, Carl opened the Gnostica Bookstore in Minneapolis, as well as the “Gnostica School for Self-Development”, based on Gnostic teachings.

He also began the Gnostic Aquarian Festivals in Minneapolis, also known as Gnosticon during the 1970s, which helped fuel the rise in awareness of occult and metaphysical teachings.

Carl was elected president of the NAACP’s Minnesota branch in 1959 and vice president of the ACLU’s Minnesota branch in 1965.

Carl passed away on November 7, 2015, and is survived by wife, Sandra, and son, Gabe.