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Memorial Service for Sir Charles Carter, founding Vice Chancellor, 1919-2002

07/18/2002 11:16:03

A memorial service for Sir Charles Carter, founding Vice Chancellor of Lancaster University, will be held on September 21.

He died late last month at the age of 82.

A man of integrity, wisdom and commitment, Sir Charles shaped the University in innumerable ways and is credited with laying the foundations for its future success.

As founding Vice-Chancellor from 1963 to 1979 he bore responsibility for virtually all aspects of the new establishment, ranging from curriculum to building, planning and finances.

While the new university lived temporarily in St Leonardgate, he oversaw development of the present campus on a greenfield site at Bailrigg where the first students were admitted in October 1964.

During his time in Lancaster, Sir Charles, who was knighted in 1979, was Chairman of the North West Economic Planning Council from 1965 to 1968.

A Quaker, he went to Rugby School and later read mathematics and economics at St John's College, Cambridge.

He became Professor of Political Economy at Manchester University from 1959 to 1963 and was previously Professor of Applied Economics at Queen's University, Belfast, from 1959 to 1963.

A widower, Sir Charles is survived by one son and two daughters.

The memorial service will take the form of a Quaker meeting at Lancaster University Chaplaincy Centre at 2.30pm on Saturday September 21st to celebrate both his life and that of his late wife.