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ALFRED/ALMOND - Wayne H. Carter, Professor Emeritus of Floriculture at Alfred State College, died Friday (Oct. 18, 2013) at the age of 91 at the Bath V.A. Medical Center.
Born Aug. 5, 1922 in Industry, Pa., he was the youngest son of Ray Josiah and Ada Vine Carter, and residing in Waterford, Pa., for most of his childhood. On June 16, 1945, he married his high school sweetheart and the love of his life, the late D. Edna (Nye) Carter.
Wayne is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Douglas (Kathleen) Barber of Bradenton, Fla., Mrs. Dean (Patricia) Humbert of Almond; one son, Ray E. (Christina) Carter of Williamsport, Pa.; seven grandchildren, Krista (James) Knowles of Round Hill, Va., Kevin Barber of Richmond, Va., Siri (David) Burin of Greer, S.C, Cherity (Timothy) Allen of Almond, Brian, Lindsay and Michael Carter of Williamsport, Pa.; and six great-grandchildren, Ryan, Harrison, Elle, Renee, Eva and Austin Carter. Besides his parents and wife, he was also predeceased by his brother, Charles Carter of Erie, Pa., and his sister, Thelma Taylor of Waterford, Pa.
Wayne attended Edinboro State College before entering the
in 1943. Through the Army Specialized Training Program, he then attended Antioch College and
. He served as a Sergeant in the Infantry in the European Theater and was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge, the Expert Infantry Badge, the Good Conduct Ribbon, the
World War II
Victory Medal, the American Theatre Ribbon and the
. After discharge from the Army he attended Pennsylvania State University, graduating Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor's degree in horticulture.
He attended the University of Buffalo and earned a master's degree in Floriculture at the University of Illinois. He was a member of Phi Kappa Phi, National Honor Society, Pi Alpha Xi, Floriculture Honor Society, Phi Eta Sigma, Freshmen Honor Society and Chi Gamma Iota, National Veterans Honorary.
In 1953 Wayne and Edna moved to "Diaper Hill" in Alfred where he began teaching at Alfred State College as Professor and later Chairperson of the floriculture department at Alfred State College. In 1966 he originated the first Floriculture Flower Show and Open House at Alfred State College which continued annually for several years. Retiring in 1978 from teaching, Wayne operated a small engine sales and repair business, Ariens of Alfred-Almond, from his home in Almond.
Always active in the community, Wayne was a member and past elder of the Union University Church of Alfred, a lifetime member of the Andover Lodge No. 558, F & AM, of which he was a Past Master and Past District Deputy Grand Master, a member and Past Patron of the Kanakadea Chapter No. 626, OES in Alfred. In 1998 he received the Daniel O'Keefe Memorial award for dedicating over 900 hours of service to the Comstock Hospice.
Through all his accomplishments Wayne will be remembered for his abiding faith, many lasting friendships, and the everlasting love he held for his wife and family.
There will be no calling hours. A memorial service may be held at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Union University Church, 29 N. Main St., Alfred, NY 14802 or to Comstock Hospice, 1225 W. State St., Olean, NY 14760.
Arrangements are with the Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home, Inc., 285 Main St., Hornell.
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Published in Hornell Evening Tribune on Oct. 21, 2013
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