Blacks@Dartmouth 1775 to 1960

Lisle Carleton Carter

Attorney, University President, and Dartmouth Trustee

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Dartmouth College A.B.

Class of 1945

1948 St. John's (LL.B.)

Born  1925  New York NY

Died 2009 Flint Hill VA

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Lisle Carleton Carter Jr.’45 died September 10, 2009, at Fauquier Hospital in Warrenton, Virginia, of complications from pneumonia. He had been a resident of Flint Hill, Virginia, since the early 1990s.

He came to Dartmouth from Barbados. He received his law degree from St. John’s University after serving in the Army. He was legal counsel to the National Urban League early in his career and became one of the highest-ranking African Americans at the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare before leaving in 1968.

He then was a professor of public policy and vice president at Cornell University and spent three years as chancellor of the Atlanta University Center before being named to lead the University of the District of Columbia in Washington, D.C., where he merged its three colleges and earned accreditation. He was awarded an honorary LL.D. from Dartmouth in 1979 and was named a trustee of Dartmouth in 1983. He was named chairman of the board of the Charles F. Kettering Foundation and a trustee of Georgetown University and the Aspen institute.

Survivors include his wife of 18 years, Jane; five children from his first wife, who died in 1989; 13 grandchildren; and one great-grandson.

Lisle Carleton Carter '45. (Mar/Apr 2010). Retrieved from

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Profile image source: Dartmouth College Photographic Files, Trustees