LMU Mourns the Loss of Dr. G.L.Carter, Jr.

Dr. G.L. Carter

Dr. G.L. CarterLincoln Memorial University (LMU) mourns the death of Dr. G.L. Carter, Jr. A career educator and native of Claiborne County, Tennessee, Carter made many contributions to LMU and the field of education in Tennessee, North Carolina, Wisconsin and around the world.

In 1998, Lincoln Memorial University renamed its school of education to honor Carter and the families of Prentice and Anna Moyers and Dr. Charles Moyers and his wife Frankie. Anna Moyers is Dr. Carter’s sister and Dr. Charles Moyers is the son of Prentice and Anna Moyers. At the time of the rededication Vice President for University Advancement Cynthia Whitt said, “Dr. G.L, Carter, Jr., as well as many of his family members, has been a catalyst for phenomenal growth in the field of education. Whether serving as a professor at North Carolina State University and the University of Wisconsin, or amid his numerous research and professional experiences at home and abroad, Dr. Carter exemplifies outstanding qualities of leadership and contributions to humanity.”

Carter’s impact on educators in this region continues today, long after he retired from his teaching duties. He supported an annual professional development series for educators at LMU. Born out of his love for his nation and aimed at providing educators a deeper understanding of the framing document of our republic, the “Upholding the Constitution” program brought noted scholars to LMU to enhance how the United States Constitution should be covered at every level of education. The program was open to educators across the region as well as School of Education teacher candidates, free of charge.

“Dr. Carter definitely had a passion for his country, our students and a deep concern that students understand the Constitution,” reflected Whitt, who enjoyed a deep friendship with Carter. “He brought many speakers to our campus to benefit students’ understanding of the Constitution such as Dr. Ming Wang, a Harvard and MIT educated doctor who specializes in laser physics; Dr. David Azerrad, a teacher with the American University in Washington, D.C.; as well as Dr. Kevin Portteus, of Hillsdale College; Judge James Cotton and our own retired Congressman John J. Duncan, Jr.  Dr. Carter’s love of music was also another facet of his life.”

“Dr. Carter’s generosity and his passion for education has had a tremendous impact on our faculty and students over the years,” said Dr. Sylvia Lynch, dean of the Carter and Moyers School of Education. “His presence at special School of Education events here on campus and his phone calls and letters of encouragement will be sorely missed by our students and our faculty and staff. He was a great role model for our young teachers in training.”

Carter, age 97, died peacefully at The Serenity House in Morristown, Tennessee, on Tuesday, December 24, 2019. He was born November 13, 1922, in Claiborne County, Tennessee, to George LaRome Carter and Reba Jesse Carter. The family moved to Morristown in 1935 after the Norris Dam Project displaced them.

Carter graduated from Morristown High School, the University of Tennessee, and earned a graduate and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin. He was Professor Emeritus, Adult and Community College Education, College of Education and Psychology and College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at North Carolina State University.

During his career, he taught graduate level courses, advised master's and doctoral students, and provided leadership for departmental involvement in international activity in the Department of Adult and Community College Education, N.C. State University and the University of Wisconsin. In addition to participating in the teaching and research program and other affairs of the National Agricultural Extension Center for Advanced Study, he also served as Visiting Professor, University College, Dublin, as the Director of the Kellogg Agricultural Extension Centre where he taught graduate courses. He also initiated and became director of a five-year curriculum development project with the Faculty of Agriculture.

Carter had vast research experience and many published articles of his work. As a consultant, he prepared and presented papers to several countries on Adult and Extension Education, including Ireland, Taiwan, Denmark, Finland, Malaysia, Peru, and others. He was listed in Who's Who in American Education, Leaders in Education, and Men of Achievement.

He fought in World War II as part of the 71st Division of Patton's Third Army and was discharged at the rank of 1st Lieutenant.

Carter was preceded in death by his parents, sister and brother-in-law, Anna Lou and Prentice Moyers, brother, Henry Lee Carter, and niece, Amy Carter. He is survived by his nephew, Dr. P. Charles Moyers (Frankie), and nieces, Sandra Moyers Altizer (Carlis), Kim Carter Hislop (John), Traci Carter McFarland, and Carol Carter Wolfenbarger (Greg), plus several great nephews and nieces.

Lincoln Memorial University is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies. The main campus is located in Harrogate, Tennessee. For more information about the undergraduate and graduate programs available at LMU, contact the Office of Admissions at 423-869-6280 or email at admissions@LMUnet.edu.

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