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CARPENTER, Harlow Co-founder and Vice President of the Sugarbush Ski Area and Sugarbush Golf Club in Warren, Vermont and grandson of Harlow E. Bundy, founder of the Bundy Time Recording Company which later became IBM, died on March 13, 2009 in Exeter, NH, where he lived. He was 82 years old. The cause was lung failure. Born in Los Angeles on October 20, 1926, Carpenter was a noted Modernist sculptor and architect. He received a Master of Architecture degree from Harvard University's Graduate School of Design in 1956. At his suggestion, his parents, Alfred and Helen Bundy Carpenter, donated the building known as the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts in 1961 to Harvard University, which is to this day the only building in the United States designed by the Swiss-French Modernist architect, Le Corbusier. In the late 1950s, Carpenter moved to Vermont where he became the largest financial investor of the founding team for the Sugarbush Ski Area and Sugarbush Golf Club in Warren, Vermont. With his strong vision for bringing the arts to rural Vermont, he later founded, designed and curated for the Bundy Art Gallery in 1962 in Waitsfield. In addition to housing his private Modern and contemporary art collection, the Gallery promoted the work of younger artists as well as provided the venue for the Vermont Symphony's summer concert series. The Bundy also served as a small, experimental school for K-6th graders during the academic year. Carpenter's early commitment to the environment was evidenced by the installation of the area's first wind generator, built on the Gallery's property. Carpenter was a renowned Modernist sculptor in New England, the subject of two television documentaries whose work was exhibited in numerous shows and exhibitions. His medium of choice was welded metal, composed mostly from used farm equipment. Carpenter served in the US Army during World War II where he was based in the Marshall Islands at the time of first atomic bomb tests. He was an avid horseman, founding the Sugarbush Polo Club in Vermont as well as the Green Mountain Hounds Fox Hunt. Later when he moved to Massachusetts and New Hampshire, he was an active participant in the Myopia Hunt and Myopia Polo in Hamilton, MA as well as several hunts in the Orange, VA area. He is survived, loved and missed by his wife, Barbara Carpenter, his stepson Nicholas Parker, his son Sebastian Carpenter, daughter Julia Carpenter, and three grandchildren. He is also survived by stepdaughter Lily Minas and stepson Matthew Esmiol. A celebration of his life will take place at his farm in Kensington, NH on April 26th at 1 pm. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to OdysseyNH.


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Published in Boston Globe on Mar. 17, 2009.
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March 25, 2009
Harlow & Barbara were the most generous of hosts to foxhunts for decades. Harlow made sure every detail came to fruition - even driving to pick up scent in Dover to get the line laid in time.
Harlow's jump designs were published in the Y.H. Pedlar way back and we employed most of them for the Hunter Trials held on their property.
Our strongest memory of Harlow is of him leaping off his horse on a frigid November day to save Mission Valley Sable from a watery death in the iced- over pond at Tonry's.
Cheryl & Sandy Niles
March 19, 2009
Harlow and Barbara shared their wonderful Yorkfield Farm polo field with the Byfield Polo Club since 1995. Their kindness and generousity has made a deep impact on many polo players in New England. The deal was made on a handshake and the cost was a promise that we would not leave tail tape or trash behind!
Harlow will be sorely missed.
Ed Armstrong
March 18, 2009
Harlow's infectious joy of horses and riding made life long lovers of fox hunting and polo for Leo and me. As the Waitsfield "fox" for the Green Mountain Hounds I truely enjoyed the race to stay ahead of Harlow and the hounds. THe rare time I was caught there was his wry smile and that "gotcha" look. Leo loved to play polo and tells wonderful stories of many a day on the field with Harlow.
Nancy Benjamin
March 17, 2009
We wanted to express our condolences to Mr Carpenter's family. We are very grateful for his contributions toward the formation of the Green Mt Hounds. Today we continue to enjoy the beautiful state of Vermont with our horses and hounds.
Mark & Stacy Robinson
March 17, 2009
My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and all the people Harlow has touched in his life.As a delivery driver I was always impressed by the differant works of art around his property and never new how far reached his works have touched.He has been a loyal customer for over 14 years and will be missed by us all. Steve Operations Proulx oil and Propane
Steve Morse
March 17, 2009
Barbara and family,

We have many fond memories of Harlow; he was an extraordinary man. We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and love are with you at this time.

Elisa Painten and Miranda Robinson
Elisa Painten
March 17, 2009
I benefit from his enduring legacy by hunting with the Green Mountain Hounds today. He was clearly a man of enormous talent and vision.
Terence Hook
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