John D Carter

June 4, 1928February 16, 2014

John D. Carter, a 50 year resident of Stamford, Connecticut, died on February 16 after a brief illness with brain cancer. He was 85 years old. Jack, as he was known, was born on June 4, 1928 in Boston, Massachusetts. Raised in New Jersey, he graduated from Plainfield High School and enlisted in the U.S. Army on his 18th birthday. He trained as a paratrooper, serving with the 11th Airborne Division where he rose through the ranks and was promoted to staff sergeant at age 19. He spent 18 months with the 11th Airborne on the island of Hokkaido during the post World War ll occupation of Japan. The army awarded him the WW ll Victory Medal and the Japan Occupation Medal..

He attended Rutgers University School of Journalism in New Brunswick, NJ under the G.I. Bill, graduating with honors in 1952. He was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa national honorary scholastic society, a member of the social fraternity Alpha Sigma Phi and Kappa Tau Alpha journalism society. During his college years, he worked in a factory at night. In 1960 he joined IBM's electric typewriter division in New York City, working in the advertising and sales promotion department. In 1968, he was promoted to IBM's corporate headquarters in Armonk, NY to lead a task force charged with developing a new performance evaluation system to be implemented with IBM's 400,000 employees worldwide. After the successful completion of this project in 1969, he was promoted to corporate Director of Employment and Placement. During the ensuing years, he presented numerous policy proposals on human resources issues to IBM's Corporate Management Committee.

In 1988, IBM selected him as a "loaned executive" to the U.S. Department of Labor in Washington, DC to work on the Secretary of Labor's one year commission on Workforce Quality and Labor Market Efficiency. Following his retirement from IBM, he served for a number of years as a consultant on human resources issues with the executive director of AARP in Washington, DC.An avid traveler, he and his wife extensively visited every country in western Europe and most of eastern Europe and the U.S. Among his favorite destinations were Tibet, Cambodia, Tasmania, New Zealand, Tahiti and Peru. An enthusiastic sailor during the 1970s and '80s, he and a crew of friends sailed his 30 foot sloop "Affaire de Couer" to Block Island, Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket and many ports on Long Island Sound and participated in many races. He was a lifetime member of the 11th Airborne Division Association and the National Rifle Association. He supported the Heritage Foundation, Civil War Trust (a battlefield preservation group), the National Trust for Historic Preservation, The American Legion an the Phi Beta Kappa Society.

Looking back over his life, he frequently expressed pride in having served as a citizen soldier of the United States. The grandson of a Scotch coal miner, he was grateful to our country for enabling his college education under the G.I. Bill - a life changing event that let him fully experience the "American Dream". Surviving him are his wife, Cheryl, a daughter, Victoria of Burlington, VT, and two sisters, Nan Hamilton and Janet Martin both of Pennsylvania along with numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his first wife, Gloria Matheson Carter and a sister, Ruth Moffett. There will be no visiting hours and funeral services will be private.

Arrangements under the direction of Leo P. Gallagher & Son Funeral Home, Stamford, CT.


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Todd Guzda

March 26, 2014

Cheryl, I was so sorry to hear about Jack. I knew he was sick and fighting hard, but I didn't know that he passed last month. I feel very lucky and fortunate to have known him, even if it was for a short time. My thoughts are with you and your family! He will be missed!

March 10, 2014

So sorry to learn of Jack's passing upon our return from our vacation in Florida. Please accept our sincere condolences and let us know if there is anything we can help you with. We found Jack's obituary very interesting and he had an impressive military and work career.

Paul & Pat Bisset

Beverly Lepine

March 1, 2014

Dear Cheryl
Praying for you.
I lift you up and ask for your comfort as each day passes.
I send you a big HUG

February 25, 2014

Everyone here was very fond of Jack...he will be missed. Our sincere condolences to Cheryl.

Office of Frank A. Sessa, D.D.S.

February 24, 2014

To my Dear "Old" Friend Cheryl,
I'm sharing in your sadness that Jack is gone. You two were so close, cherished each other and had alot of fun together. May these memories give you comfort and shine some light into the dark days ahead. Love, Lori Chandler Benson, Onset, MA

Bill Doherty

February 22, 2014

Jack had a keen mind that engaged complex issues with unusual insight, and coupled this with an intensity of issue analysis and personal interaction with those involved with the issue. We, who worked with Jack, admired and learned from his thought leadership and his leadership in enlarging issues in meaningful ways..
On a personal level, Jack shared an ongoing warm relationship with me for which I will always be grateful.
May he rest in peace.

Kevin Blumenstock

February 22, 2014

Hi Cheryl Deeply sorry for your loss and knowing that jack is with his maker. I was always told that Life is for the Living, so please remember this and let Jack rest in peace with his Lord and maker.

Kevin Blumenstock

Richard Achilles

February 22, 2014

Jack was a man of considerable talent. I will remember him fondly. Richard Achilles

Joan & Stuart Danoff

February 22, 2014

It is with great sadness that we mourn the loss of Jack Carter, a truly extraordinary and wonderful man.

Joan & Stuart Danoff

February 22, 2014

Thank you dear soldier for your most honorable service to our country.
A grateful American