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.