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Keith E. Carson

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Keith E. Carson

AGE: 52 • Barnegat, NJ

Keith E. Carson of Barnegat, NJ died on October 21, 2017. Mr. Carson was born at St. Francis Hospital, Trenton, NJ, was reared in Hamilton Square, NJ, and summered on Long Beach Island, NJ.

Predeceased by his grandparents, Joseph and Elizabeth Hamann, and Clarence "Kit" and Charlotte Carson, all of Hamilton Square, NJ, and his beloved soulmate, Dean J. Dahl of Churchville, PA, he is survived by his parents, Joyce and Elmer Carson of Beach Haven Gardens, NJ, a brother Christopher and his wife Karen of Spray Beach, NJ, a niece Heather N. Carson and Matt Maffei of Burlington, NJ, and two great nieces, Tegan Maffei and Adrina Maffei. He is also survived by his aunts, Elizabeth Gaiser-Rogers of Arizona, Elma C. Scott of Hamilton, NJ, and Susan Fanella of Chesterfield, NJ in addition to many cousins.

Mr. Carson attended Hamilton Square Elementary School and Reynolds Middle School prior to enrolling at the Peddie School, Hightstown, NJ, from which he graduated cum laude in 1983. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy from Gettysburg College, a Certificate in Legal Assistant Technology from Ocean County College, a Bachelor of Arts degree in liberal studies with a certificate in African American studies from the Richard Stockton College, and a Master of Arts degree in liberal studies from Rutgers University - Camden.

Mr. Carson was an initiate of the Alpha Upsilon Chapter of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity at Gettysburg College where he served as Worthy Master (president).

He worked in numerous fields during his career including market research, restaurant and hospitality services, HIV/AIDS services, education, and human services. He taught history at Atlantic Cape Community College from 1997 to 2014, eventually serving as Senior Adjunct Faculty member in the History Department. Mr. Carson was an accomplished author whose credits include numerous articles for the Great Events in History, Great Lives in History, and The Decades Series for Salem Press, publisher of high school, college, and university reference books.

Mr. Carson was a member of the Trenton Donauschwaben Association, a parishioner at the First United Methodist Church of Beach Haven Terrace, and a lifetime member of the World History Association.

Mr. Carson was also a passionate advocate of HIV/AIDS services. He established the first state-funded HIV education and prevention program for gay men, the Safe Space Program, in southeastern New Jersey while working at the South Jersey AIDS Alliance. He was also instrumental in establishing the HIV/AIDS Ministry at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Brant Beach, Long Beach Island along with Fr. Bill Bried, OFM. Mr. Carson was committed to comprehensive history education and the humanities at the college and university level. A lover of history, ideas, culture, art, and society, Mr. Carson believed in active citizenship, civic education, and was a patron of public history parks and programs.

Cremation and burial is private. Mr. Carson's family and friends are invited to a Christian Memorial Service on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 11:00 am at The First United Methodist Church of Beach Haven Terrace, NJ, 101 E New Jersey Ave, Long Beach Township, NJ 08008. A repast shall follow the service. Donations may be made in Mr. Carson's memory to The First United Methodist Church of Beach Haven Terrace at the above address. Arrangements are under the direction of Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home, 335 South Main Street, Barnegat.
Published in Asbury Park Press on Oct. 29, 2017
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