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DATE: Feb. 1, 2006

UM-Dearborn professor emeritus Paul Carter died Jan. 27

DEARBORN---Paul Carter, professor emeritus of education at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, died of heart failure in Dearborn on Jan. 27. He was 96 years old.

Carter was instrumental in building the education programs now offered at UM-Dearborn, including the creation of the master's degree in education in 1975. As coordinator of teacher certification in the liberal arts division, Carter supervised the development of campus's teacher preparation program.

His career at U-M began in 1957 when he was appointed assistant professor in the School of Education on the Ann Arbor campus. Two years later, he was promoted to associate professor and began dividing his time between the Ann Arbor and Dearborn campuses.

In 1963, Carter was promoted to professor and became chairman of the education faculty in Dearborn, a post he held until 1969 when he was appointed the campus's first director of graduate studies. He retired from the faculty and was named professor emeritus in 1977.

Among other initiatives, Carter led the development of a master of arts degree program in education, jointly sponsored by the School of Education in Ann Arbor and the Division of Education at Dearborn and offered on the Dearborn campus.

"Throughout his years in education, Paul D. Carter exemplified the humanity, the inspiration and vigor of a dedicated educator," the U-M Regents noted on Carter's retirement. "It is these qualities which won him the admiration of his colleagues and the enduring affection of his students."

A Michigan native, Carter earned his doctorate from Wayne State University and his master's degree from U-M. He began his career as a classroom teacher and teacher-principal. He joined the Birmingham school system in 1942 as an elementary school principal, and later became the school district's elementary coordinator and assistant superintendent.

Survivors include sons Alan, in Ann Arbor, and John, in Northville.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 5 in the chapel of Henry Ford Village, 15101 Ford Rd., in Dearborn. Memorial contributions can be sent to the Henry Ford Village benevolent fund at the same address.

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