Carr Obituary

Publish Date: Wednesday, December 19, 2007 – Bangor Daily News


ORONO – Edward F. Carr, 87, died Dec. 17, 2007, at the Maine Veterans’ Home, Bangor. He was born Aug. 18, 1920, in St. Johnsbury, Vt., the son of Harry and Clarissa (White) Carr. Edward graduated from Michigan State University in 1943, with a Bachelor of Science degree in physics, receiving his doctorate in 1954, after serving during World War II with the U.S. Army Signal Corps in Europe. He was a professor of physics for 34 years at the University of Maine at Orono. During this time, he achieved two decades of continuous research funding, authored numerous publications and was awarded a patent. He enjoyed teaching, and mentored the research of many masters and doctorate candidates. On his retirement in 1991, he was honored with the title of Professor Emeritus, and given a mountain bike instead of a rocking chair as a department gift. Ed was an avid athlete, playing softball with the University of Maine at Orono physics department for 35 years and figure skating with the Figure Skating Club for many years. He was often seen riding his bicycle across Orono on his way to work and also enjoyed skiing, camping and traveling with his family. He was an enthusiastic fan of the Maine Bears baseball team. Ed was dedicated to improving his community, and served in various leadership roles in the Old Town-Orono YMCA and was a member of the Church of Universal Fellowship. He was a man of great honesty and integrity in both his scientific work and in his interactions with everyone he met. Ed loved his family deeply, and they him. The family appreciates the wonderful care and many, many special people at the Maine Veterans’ Home. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Elizabeth “Betty” Carr of Orono; three daughters and their husbands, Rebekah and David Filipello of Dunsmuir, Calif., Karen and James Bus-tillo of Castro Valley, Calif, and Elizabeth “Liz” Carr and Mark Gitin of Mountain View, Calif.; one sister, Betty Calkins of Danville, Vt.; seven grandchildren, Jessica, Mallory, Maria, Luke, Sylvia, Jacob and Aaron; many nieces and nephews. A service of remembrance will be held 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21, at Church of Universal Fellowship, Orono, with the Rev. Lorna Stuart, pastor, celebrant. The family invites relatives and friends to share conversation and refreshments in the church vestry immediately after the service. Spring interment will be at Danville Green Cemetery, Danville, Vt. If you would like to remember Edward in a special way, gifts in his memory may be sent to Old Town-Orono YMCA, 472 Stillwater Ave., Old Town, ME 04468 or Church of Universal Fellowship, 82 Main St., Orono, ME 04474, or a charity of your choice. Condolences to the family may be expressed at