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Dr. Robert A. Carr D.D.S.

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Dr. Robert A. Carr, D.D.S.

Dr. Robert Atkinson Carr, D.D.S., age 89, of Elkton, MD and Chestertown, MD, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 15, 2015, at Seasons Hospice in Christiana Hospital, Newark, DE, with his loving family by his side.

Dr. Carr was born on July 5, 1926, in Mobile, AL, the son of the late Thomas and Mollie Atkinson Carr of Elkton. In addition, he was preceded in death by his only brother, Sgt. T. René Carr, who lost his life in 1945 during the Battle of Okinawa.

Dr. Carr was a proud graduate of Elkton High School, Class of 1943, and participated in many alumni events, maintaining life-long friendships with his classmates over the years. He attended Graceland College in Lamoni, IA, before enlisting in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. He was a pilot with the Eastern Flying Command, stationed at Andrews Army Air Base, and assigned to the Flight Training Command until his honorable discharge in 1945.

After his service in World War II, he returned to Graceland to finish his undergraduate degree and was accepted into the University of Maryland, Baltimore College of Dental Surgery, where he graduated with a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. Upon his graduation, he returned to Elkton in 1951 to open his dental practice, becoming the founding doctor and senior mentor of Carr Family Dentistry. Dr. Carr practiced dentistry for 55 years in Elkton and Havre de Grace, MD, serving the community with compassion and excellence, while dispensing "dad-jokes" and corny puns, as his loyal staff rolled their eyes and laughed along with his patients.

Dr. Carr was an ordained minister of the Community of Christ Church and attended the Wilmington, DE, Branch. He was a devout member for over 80 years, serving in numerous offices both locally and nationally, including pastor, district president, Elder, Seventy, High Priest and Evangelist. His devotion to his calling and the church was unwavering.

Dr. Carr was a member of the American Dental Association, the Maryland State Dental Association and the Harford-Cecil Dental Society. He served the community through his membership in Rotary International, in both Elkton and Havre de Grace, and his service was recognized by the Paul Harris Fellow award before his retirement. Dr. Carr also was a member and supporter of the Salvation Army and spent many hours with the Havre de Grace branch. He was an avid supporter of youth programs and spent many volunteer hours with the Boy Scouts of America, holding adult Scouter positions as well as Scoutmaster for Troop 121 in Elkton. His hours of youth ministry at Deer Park Camp, in New Hope, PA, were a highlight of his summers and he always enjoyed participating in the camp programs. His passion in life was travel, education, and outdoor activities, which he passed on to all his children.

Dr. Carr is survived by his loving wife of 29 years, Gene Louise Carr; and his five children, Dr. Dennis Carr, Elkton, MD, Dr. Brian Carr and his wife, Jenn, Elkton, MD, Sharon Carr Jenkins and her husband, Roy Jenkins, Springfield, MO, Dr. Lauren Carr and her husband, Kevin Gard, Blue Springs, MO, and Robin Carr Hulse, APRN, and her husband, Dr. Eddie Hulse, Blue Springs, MO. He is also survived by his two step-sons, Scott Sweet and his wife, Sandy, Landenberg, PA, and Robert Sweet and his wife, Stephanie, Earleville, MD. Dr. Carr is also survived by his 17 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren, as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins, who knew him as Uncle Bob and loved him dearly.

Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m., Thursday, March 31, 2016, at Hicks Home for Funerals, 103 W. Stockton Street, Elkton, MD 21921. A celebration of his life, with military honors, will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, April 1, at the funeral home, where visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Interment in Gilpin Manor Memorial Park, Elkton, will be private. A fellowship service will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, April 2, at the Community of Christ Church, Milltown Road, Wilmington, DE.

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Published in The News Journal on Mar. 27, 2016
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