Harriet D. "Bunny" Carroll 1916 ~ 2011 Bunny Carroll died at age 94 in Salt Lake City on February 27, 2011. She was born Harriet Merrill Dana in Washington, DC, June 28, 1916, the daughter of Ruth Merrill and Samuel Trask Dana. When she was 12, the family moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she graduated from University High School. Bunny attended Swarthmore College where she was a three-sport athlete, playing all four years in varsity field hockey, basketball and tennis. She graduated in 1938 with honors in Zoology and moved on to Yale Nursing School, where she earned a Master's Degree in 1941. At Swarthmore, Bunny met Bill Carroll, and they formed a pair in their freshman year that remained intact for the rest of his life. They were married on her 25th birthday, June 28, 1941, in Ann Arbor, following her Yale graduation. She shuttled between her parents' and her in-laws' homes while Bill served in the Army. On his return they settled in New York City in 1945, and moved to Bethesda, Maryland, in 1948. They lived in the Washington, DC, area until 2006. They moved to Salt Lake City in 2006; Bill died there in 2008. Bunny raised four children in Bethesda, but stayed active in community affairs, particularly the Glenwood Road Garden Club, which she served twice as President. Her indoor specialty was African violets, outdoors it was azaleas. As recently as 1999, she won the grand prize at an Azalea Show with a delicate, orange bloom. She volunteered at Brookside Gardens, and was for many years an active member of the all-women Eistophos Science Club in Washington. When her children were grown, she resumed her nursing career, first as a community nurse, then for a longer period as a grants administrator at the National Institute of Nursing Research. She retired in 1986. For many years Bunny spent her summers at the Luther Gulick Camps in South Casco, Maine, which are owned and operated by her relatives. In her teens she attended as a counselor, and in later years she served the camps as nurse, as Director and Assistant Director of Little Wohelo, and as greeter. She retired from the camps at age 80. Throughout their lives, she and Bill contributed time and money to Swarthmore College. She served as class secretary, writing class notes for the alumni magazine, while he was class agent. In 2003, the college recognized their contributions with an alumni service award and by establishing a scholarship in their names. Bunny was a gracious hostess - nicknamed the hors d'oeuvres queen - welcoming visitors of all ages and from around the world. She enjoyed traveling and had a particular affinity for Israel, where she and Bill valued numerous friends. She loved classical music, playing bridge, playing tennis, gardening, and square dancing. Bunny is survived by her four children: Dana (Jeannine) of Salt Lake City, Utah; Bruce (MerriLea) of Arlington, Massachusetts; Catherine Berry of Silver Spring, Maryland; and Alan of Dolores, Colorado. She had four grandchildren and four greatgrandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband and by a brother, George Dana, of Portland, Oregon. The family thanks the staff at Emeritus of Salt Lake City (formerly Brighton Gardens) for their kind attention to Bunny. Contributions may be made to the William R. and Harriet D. Carroll Scholarship Fund at Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA, or to scholarship funds at the Luther Gulick Camps, South Casco, ME.
Published in The Salt Lake Tribune from Mar. 3 to Mar. 4, 2011.