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after failing health, died peacefully at Mt. San Antonio Gardens on Sunday, August 15, 2010. Born in Wellman, Iowa on Oct. 8, 1914 and a resident of Pomona and Claremont from 1920 to present, Dick was the son of Iowa farmers Winnie and Roy Carr. He attended Alcott and Washington Elementary Schools, Fremont Junior High, and Pomona High School (class of 1932) before attending Southwestern University where he studied accounting and law. Dick had a long and rewarding career both in business and civic life. After spending time as Controller for Fernstorm Paper Mill, Dick started Carr Paper Company in 1944 and Sentinel Container in 1959. During his forty-five years of leadership in the paper industry, he built a solid regional business gaining national recognition as President of the National Paper Trade Association. In addition to several other business affiliations, Dick might best be remembered for his tireless commitment to his industry, his community, and various philanthropic activities. He held the following leadership positions with multiple board terms: President of the Pomona Valley Jaycees; President of Pomona Rotary; Chairman of the Board of Pomona Valley Hospital; President of Pomona Valley Hospital Foundation; President of the Pomona Valley United Way; and President of the Pomona Economic Development Corporation. He also served on the Board of Directors for Pascoe Steel, Amcord, Pomona Valley Red Cross, Red Hill Country Club, Pomona Valley YMCA, the Galileo Society of Harvey Mudd College, and Mt. San Antonio Gardens. He was a member of the Los Angeles County Fair Association and on Advisory Boards for Scott Paper, Lily Tulip Cup Company, Casa Colina, and the National Paper Distribution Council. Dick was the recipient of many local and national awards: the National Paper Trade Association's Man of the Year Award, the Pomona Chamber of Commerce Community Service Award, the Pomona Jaycee's Boss of the Year Award, the Distinguished Service Award from the US Junior Chamber of Commerce, the LeRoy Haynes Center Humanitarian of the Year Award and The Pomona Valley YMCA man of the Year Award. As a result of over forty years of dedicated service to Pomona Valley Hospital, the Boardroom has been named in his honor. Dick and the love of his life, Lucile Gates Carr, also a 1932 Pomona High School graduate were married on February 17, 1938 and enjoyed over 72 years of marriage. For the past 20 years they have resided at Mt. San Antonio Gardens. Throughout the years they have enjoyed traveling, playing golf, and especially being with family and friends. Dick is survived by his wife Lucy, older sister Elsie Close of San Juan Capistrano (former owner of the Taco Kitchen in La Verne), younger sister Lenora Trueb of Lawrence, KS, his son Richard Carr Jr. and wife Gail of Encinitas, his daughter Dorothy Carr Rountree and husband John of Claremont, and his daughter Barbara Carr of Irvine. Additionally, he was blessed with nine grandchildren, sixteen great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. A Memorial Service will be held at the Pilgrim Congregational Church in Pomona on Thursday, August 26, at 3PM with reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center Foundation, 1798 N. Garey Ave., Pomona, CA 91767; or to the Casa Colina Foundation/Padua Village, P.O. Box 6001, Pomona, CA 91769-6001. The Padua Village Homes are long term residential homes for the developmentally disabled, where one of his granddaughters resides. Todd Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Published in Inland Valley Daily Bulletin from Aug. 21 to Aug. 22, 2010
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