Christy Allyn Editor in Chief
Thursday, April 12, the public was invited to join the Eastern Connecticut State University campus community in celebrating the life and legacy of David Carter. Carter was well beloved and served as President of Eastern from 1988-2006 and Chancellor of the Connecticut State Universities from 2006-2011.
The memorial service featured 13 guest speakers, including colleagues, faculty, staff, students, family, and friends, all honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Carter. The speeches were touching, emotional, and even lighthearted at times. For two hours, the Betty Tipton Room was tastefully transformed into a well attended heartwarming commemoration. Every single seat in the room was taken, but did not stop guests from standing in the back, even if just for 10 minutes to honor Dr. Carter.
Musical interludes were performed by Eastern Chamber Singers, including “I’m Going Home” arranged by Pepper Choplin and “Love’s Philosophy” by Roger Quilter. Sam Price of the Eastern Chamber Singers said she learned a lot about Dr. Carter. “It was obvious Dr. Cater was caring, dedicated, and hard working. The ceremony was extremely moving – I am honored to have sung at it.”
Carter’s spirit touched many, and will continue to shape this campus. For him it was about the students; it had always been about the students.