WOODBURY CARTER

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CARTER WOODBURY CARTER "Woody" December 8, 1922 - February 13, 2014, of natural causes. Born in Washington, DC, Woody was the son of General William Vaulx Carter and Margaret Barker Woodbury Carter. He was the grandson of Medal of Honor recipient General William Giles Harding Carter, who created the modern General Staff system of the Army. Growing up in Hawaii, Woody attended the Punahou School and learned to surf from his friend David Kahanamoku and his brothers. He also attended the Gilman School in Baltimore as well as the Sidwell Friends and St. Albans schools in Washington, DC. He was graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1945, the 7th generation in his family to do so. After briefly serving in the Honor Guard at Arlington National Cemetery, he served for 4 years in the Army's Counter Intelligence Corp in occupied Japan. In 1950 Woody joined the recently created Central Intelligence Agency where he spent the majority of his career. After retiring from CIA in 1974, Woody spent 10 years as the Vice President of Radix II. Subsequently returning to CIA as an independent contractor, he worked there until the mid 2000s, marking 50 years of service to his country and to CIA. His numerous awards at CIA include the Intelligence Medal Of Merit, the Distinguished Intelligence Medal, and the 60th Anniversary Trailblazer Award, as well as multiple commendations for individual programs. He earned degrees or certificates in advanced mathematics, applied physics, international studies, and management from institutions as varied as the American University, Johns Hopkins, Dartmouth College, and the Harvard Business School. Woody was an avid outdoorsman who loved fishing and particularly ice hockey. In the early 1970s he often scrimmaged, as an "unofficial" team member, with Washington's semi-pro hockey team the Chiefs. He played in, and coached, several amateur hockey leagues until he was well into his 80s. He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years Patricia and two brothers, David and Bill. He is survived by his brother Leigh, six children, eight grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Woody was a kind and honorable man, a wonderful father and a great American patriot; a man of uncommon wit, humor and vision, he will be deeply missed by the many who knew and loved him. As Woody's lifelong friend, and former DCI, the late Dick Helms once told Woody's son: "They don't make them any better than your father". A public service will be held on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at Trinity Church, Shepherdstown, WV at 11 a.m.

Published in The Washington Post on Mar. 29, 2014
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