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John F. Carter Ii

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John F. Carter, II

Virginia Beach - John F. Carter II (Jack) died on December 30, 2013, in London, England while on business. He is survived by his wife, Catherine Turner Carter and her son Hobart V. Fowlkes, Jr.; by his son, John F. Carter III and his spouse, Susan Jarrell, and their sons Jackson, Reed, Gus, and Buck; by his daughter, Marion Wigby Carter and her spouse, Kipton Jensen and his daughter, Ariane, and their daughter Sylvie; by his sister, Carolyn Carter Martin and her spouse Wallace, and their children, Eileen and Michael; and numerous cousins and multiple in-laws, mainly in Baltimore.

Jack was born in Washington, D.C. on December 21, 1939, and was raised by his maternal grandmother, Helen Hiltabidle Thomas Gardner, in Baltimore, Md. He graduated from St. Martins School and Calvert Hall College High School in Baltimore, Princeton University, Class of 1963 and from the University of Texas Law School in 1970. He served in the U.S. Army from 1963-1967, including tours with the Special Forces (Airborne) in Panama and Vietnam. He completed his service with the rank of Captain. He was awarded the Combat Infantryman badge, the Commendation Medal for Meritorious Service, and the Vietnamese Jump Wings.

He spent 24 years of his legal career at Hutcheson and Grundy in Houston, Texas, where he was managing partner for five years. Later he was Senior Counsel at Akin Gump and the principal in the Carter Law Office in Houston.

He was active in state and local politics and government service, having served as chair of the Harris County Democratic Party in Texas, and as a senior advisor with the U.S. Department of Energy during the Clinton Administration. He also served as a board member and vice chair of the Virginia College Building Authority.

He was very active in volunteer work in Texas and Virginia, and was a member and supporter of Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Virginia, a major supporter of many local arts and historical organizations, the Princeton Alumni Association, and was the first president of the Virginia Beach Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association. Among his awards are the State Department's Outstanding Service Award, Who's Who in American and International Law, and was listed in the publication, Best Lawyers in America.

At his death he was a member of the Princeton Club of New York, the University Cottage Club at Princeton, Tejas Breakfast Club in Houston, and the Horses and Hounds Political Lunch Club in Virginia Beach.

Jack was a wonderful and caring husband, father, grandfather and friend with a large heart that was always open to others. He served his country in many ways, and he was always there to offer a helping hand and a kind ear to anyone and everyone. He will be missed.

A memorial service will be held for him on Wednesday, January 8, at 11 a.m. at the Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, 1264 North Great Neck Road, Virginia Beach, VA.

In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution to Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Virginia or the . Condolences may be offered to the family at:


Published in The Virginian Pilot on Jan. 5, 2014
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