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Carter Wright Jr. M.D.

Wright, Jr MD, Carter Randolph
May 15, 1928 - January 14, 2013
Carter Wright died peacefully on January 14, 2013 in his home surrounded by family. He is survived by his loving wife, Grace; children, Carter, David, Lisa; grandchildren, Ashlye, Jeremy, David Jr., Carter IV (CQ), Katherine (Kat) and William; and brother, William. Born in Wheeling, West Virginia, on May 15, 1928 to Carter Wright & Ruth Wheeler Wright, Carter attended Glenville High School and Western Reserve University, Adelbert College in Cleveland where he grew up. From there he continued his educational pursuits at Ohio State University, College of Medicine, receiving his Medical Degree in 1955. He married Grace Saunders the same day he graduated Med School, and moved to Los Angeles where he completed his Internship and Residency programs at Los Angeles County General Hospital. After serving as a Captain in the U.S.Army Medical Corps stationed in Heidelberg, Germany, at the 130th Station Hospital where he was Acting Chief Pediatrician from 1957-1959, he returned to Los Angeles, opened a medical practice and served the community until retiring in 2001. Carter received Academic appointments at: USC-Clinical Professor of Pediatrics in 1976 and UCLA Assistant Clinical Professor in Pediatrics 1974. He served in both positions until he retired from his medical practice. He was a member of the professional staffs at Children's Hospital of Los Angeles, serving as Chairman, Professional Staff 1974 - 1975; and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Carter's memberships include: Councilor, District I, Los Angeles; County Medical Association; Delegate, California Medical Association; Los Angeles Pediatric Society, serving as President 1974-1975; American Medical Association Fellow; American Academy of Pediatrics Member; American Academy of Allergy. He also contributed to the community through his consultantships: Special Consultant, Dept of Internal and Child Health and Welfare, State of CA, 63-65; Head Start Consultant, Riverside County, American Academy of Pediatrics, 68-69; Member of State Advisory Committee on Sickle Cell Anemia; CA Medical Association Advisory Committee of Crippled Children's Services; Member of the Advisory Committee of the School Health Committee, Sate of CA. Carter was lifelong learner and a man of great intellect with a sharp wit and expansive ideas, which he continued to nurture by becoming a member of The Plato Society at UCLA after he retired. He will be fondly remembered by all who knew him for his diligence, work ethic and steadfast reliability. He loved food, travel and had a passion for reading, particularly history and biographical literature. And he LOVED to explore and debate ideas and ideology. Carter will be deeply missed by his family and the many friends who had the gift of knowing him. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made in his honor to: Habitat for Humanity (http://www.habitat.org/)

Published in the Los Angeles Times on Mar. 24, 2013
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