Carol S Soroos

April 1, 1945June 28, 2018

Carol Soroos, 73, passed away on June 28 after surviving pancreatic cancer for 7 ½ years.

Growing up in the St. Louis area, Carol attended Webster Groves High School where she is recognized on the school’s Wall of Fame. She graduated from Carleton College in 1967 and earned a Ph.D. in political science from Northwestern University in 1975 and an MBA from Duke University in 1982. She worked for Nortel Corporation in the Research Triangle Park for four years before establishing a market consulting firm named the Competitive Advantage with clients in the United States and Japan. Her career shifted to teaching marketing courses at North Carolina State University, Campbell College, and Meredith College.

Her international interests led to Fulbright grants to teach business courses in Almaty, Kazakhstan, in 1992 and Vladivostok, Russia, in 1999. More recently she taught for one year at Zayed University in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, and two years at the American University in Bulgaria in Blagoevgrad. Carol enjoyed learning foreign languages and could communicate in Russian, Japanese, and Spanish.

She has lived in Raleigh since 1970 with her husband Marvin Soroos, a retired professor of political science at North Carolina State. In May they celebrated their 49th wedding anniversary and in retirement have spent summers at Marvin’s childhood home in Missoula, Montana. Carol is also survived by her son Joel, who lives in Houston, Texas, with his wife Fay and two daughters, and her daughter Valerie, who resides in Raleigh.

No immediate funeral is planned.

In lieu of flowers, contributions would be appreciated in Carol’s name to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, which supports research on one of the most deadly forms of cancers ( .

Arrangements by Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 300 Saint Mary's St., Raleigh, NC.


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Jeanne and David Smoot

July 23, 2018

Carol was always an affable and highly respected colleague. We were in different departments and she had a variety of careers in her lifetime, but I remember her fondly. She and her husband invited us to Sons of Norway . Though we never found time to join, we appreciated the regard for our Nordic heritage and we enjoyed the international events we did attend at their suggestion.

Sincere condolences to the family,
David and Jeanne (Johannessen) Smoot, Professor Emerita, NCSU