Cmdr. William A. Carter, U.S. Naval Reserves, Ph.D., 91, of Millsboro, passed away at Coastal Hospice at the Lake in Salisbury, Md., on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010, in the presence of his family.
Carter served his country during World War II as an officer in the U.S. Naval Reserves. He was awarded the Silver Star for valor and became one of a small group of U.S. Navy officers to be awarded the Soviet Order of the Great Patriotic War, First Class. In 2008, he wrote a book, “Why Me, Lord?: The Experiences of a U.S. Navy Armed Guard Officer in World War II’s Convoy PQ 17 on the Murmansk Run.”
Following his return to civilian life in 1945, Carter became plant superintendent and later sales manager for Houston-White Co. He served as president of the Millsboro Town Commission; chairman of the state Water and Air Resources Commission and of the Delaware Industrial Building Commission; and chairman of the state’s Higher Education Scholarship Commission.
When the Delaware Technical and Community College was established, Carter was named a member of the first college board of trustees and then chairman of the statewide college board. He remained active as a member of the college’s foundation board until his death. In 1998, the Owens Campus named its new higher-education building the William A. Carter Partnership Center in his honor.
Carter also served as an agent for Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co., as well as developing a Millsboro shopping center with the late Lee S. Kersey. He was a Sunday-school teacher and former junior and senior warden of Millsboro’s St. Mark’s Episcopal Church and was active in Masonry. In his spare time, Carter was an avid gardener, surf fisherman and quail hunter.
Carter was preceded in death by his parents, Orman D. and Mary Letitia Porter Carter; his eldest son, William W. Carter; step-grandson, Kai-Uve M. Harvey; and three sisters, Jane Carter, Elizabeth Carter Hernick and Susan Carter Megargee. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Ann Whitmore Carter; daughter, Melinda Carter Luedtke of Amelia Island, Fla.; son, Richard B. Carter of Millsboro, Del.; grandchildren and step-grandchildren, Rebecca Carter Villegas, Christopher Carter, Andrew Carter, Lance Ludtke, Matthew Carter, Catherine Carter, Samuel Harvey and Annie Laurie Harvey; two great-grandchildren, Raquel and Samuel Villegas; and nieces, nephews and several cousins.
The family thanked Bill and Ann Carter’s caregivers, Reesena and Carolyn Jones, and Lillian Taylor and Charlotte Williams.
A memorial service was scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 18, at 11 a.m. at the William A. Carter Partnership Center at the Del Tech Owens Campus in Georgetown. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Interment will be private.
In lieu of flower, the family suggest contributions either to the “Carter’s Grove” Fund for the purchase of trees for a living memorial or to the William A. Carter Scholarship Fund. Checks may be made payable to the “Delaware Tech Foundation” and sent to D.T.C.C. Owens Campus, P.O. Box 610, Georgetown, DE 19947.