I'm trying to configure org-mode column view to display the closing note of TODO entries so that I can see why they are closed easily. I read the manual but did not find a way.

Does anybody know a way to do this?

When you have something like (setq org-log-done 'note) in your configuration, a closing note is inserted as follows when your turn the entry state to DONE:

* DONE my task
  CLOSED: [2023-02-21 Tue 01:11]
  - CLOSING NOTE [2023-02-21 Tue 01:11] \\
    my closing note

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You can show the closing notes in column view using the approach of this answer, you just need to change the regexp used. The following will put the first line of each closing note in column view provided "CNOTE" is part of the columns definition:

(defun my-column-display-value-transformer (column-title value)
  "Modifies the value to display in column view."
  (when (and (equal column-title "CNOTE")
              "^- CLOSING NOTE \\[.*\\] \\\\\\\\\\\n +\\(.*\\) *$"
              (org-entry-end-position) t))
    (match-string-no-properties 1)))

(setq org-columns-modify-value-for-display-function

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