Dr. Joseph Carter
1932 - 2017
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Dr. Joseph H. Carter
During his career at York Hospital Dr. Carter held and welcomed thousands of babies into the world, and so it is with profound sadness that we report the passing of Dr. Joseph Hankinson Carter Jr. who died on October 19, 2017 following a ten-month battle with squamous cell carcinoma.
Dr. Carter was born on August 27, 1932 in Asbury Park, NJ. He grew up in Yardley, where he met his future wife, Tracey when they both attended The George School. After graduating from Amherst College in 1954, and marrying Tracey in 1955, he served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps and was stationed in San Antonio, TX during the Korean war. Dr. Carter graduated, and completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology, at Hahnemann Medical School. In 1970 he and Dr. G. Bradford Myers opened a private practice in York. The practice flourished with the addition of Drs. Kousen, Douglass, Russo and Grim, until 1996 when it became part of Wellspan Health. Dr. Carter retired from private practice in 1998.
Dr. Carter served as the Medical Director for Planned Parenthood for 25 years. He was a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and a member of the AMA. Dr. Carter also served as a Deacon at First Presbyterian Church, the President of the Valley View Elementary PTO, and a 4-H Ringmaster and Old Rose Tree Pony Club volunteer for many years. Most recently, he worked as an attending physician at Wellspan OB/GYN clinic from 1999-2017 where he dedicated his time to teaching residents and seeing patients, something he loved best.
A compassionate physician, Dr. Carter was a staunch advocate for women's reproductive rights. He loved to travel but always found himself back on Long Beach Island for a few weeks in the summer where he listened to the waves and read spy novels. He loved going fast in cars with big engines. He enjoyed wildlife photography and collecting African masks. A passionate gourmand, Dr. Carter adored tasting, sharing, and buying wine especially with his good friends, Bill and Marge Lampe.
Dr. Carter was predeceased by his wife, Tracey. He is survived by his sister, Patricia Brammer and her husband, Fred; daughter, Wendy Grubbs and husband, Paul, daughter, Christine Carter, daughter, Hope Kowalewski and husband, Tony; son, Dr. Stephen Carter and wife, Katie Simons; grandchildren, Alex, Andrew, and Mackenzie Grubbs, Hannah and Carter Kowalewski, Josie and Jack Carter, and Ella and Lily Carter; many beloved nieces and nephews and special friends from all walks of life.
We would like to thank the staff of Rest Haven for their caring concern through these last few months. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in honor of Dr. J.H. Carter to support the research of Dr. Evan Lipson at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center. Checks should be payable to Johns Hopkins University and mailed to the Kimmel Cancer Center, 750 East Pratt Street, 17th Floor, Baltimore, MD 21202, or go to: hopkinscancerresearch.org to make a gift. Donations may also be sent to The York Cancer Center, The York County SPCA or Doctors Without Borders.
A Memorial Service to celebrate Hank's life will be held on Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 10 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of York, 225 East Market Street, York. A visitation time with family will follow the service. A private interment will be in the Mount Rose Cemetery.
Arrangements by the Etzweiler Funeral Homes and Cremation Service, 1111 E. Market St., York, PA 17403.

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Published in York Daily Record on Oct. 29, 2017.
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November 11, 2017
To Dr Carter's kids and families,
I was so sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. He was truly a great man. I didn't realize till now that he was the same age as my parents, no wonder I thought of him as a dad sometimes. Oh the good ole days at Carter,Myers and Douglass's office. The office was like a family. Many memories of your dad that mean so much to me now. I saw him a few yrs ago and it was like time had never passed, got a big bear hug and big smiles. Dr Carter helped many people through out his career. You have to be so proud of him. He will be missed by so many. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to his whole family.
Deanna Owens
November 1, 2017
Wendy, Chris, Hope , and Sreve,
I am so sorry for your losses. Both of your parents were very loving and encouraging during those difficult high school years. Thank you for sharing them with me. I am forever grateful to you all.
Love and hugs,
Barb Kimpel
Barbara Kimpel
October 31, 2017
He was a wonderful Doctor
Elmira Rivera
October 30, 2017
It was such a pleasure to work for your dad. He was, truly, loved by his patients, and all who knew him.
I will be out of town, therefore, I will not be at the service. Please know that you all will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Gerry Short
Gerry Short
October 30, 2017
Hope and family,

I am so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you.
- Donna & family
Donna Burns
October 30, 2017
I remember Dr. Carter as jolly and encouraging, especially during the delivery of my second son who is now 35! Having 3 difficult, but very successful pregnancies, I had many appointments at Dr. Carter's Ob/Gyn practice. Needless to say, I was well acquainted with all the doctors there, and Dr. Carter always assured me that all would turn out well. And he was right - 3 wonderful, healthy sons! My sincerest condolences to Dr. Carter's family.............know that his positive and upbeat personality will never be forgotten.
Billie Jean Toerper
October 30, 2017
Billie Jean Toerper
October 29, 2017
As a former Board Chair of Planned Parenthood of Central Pennsylvania, I would like to acknowledge the selfless contributions of Dr. Carter to the York community and his commitment to reproductive rights. May his family find solace in the good that he contributed to our community.
Steven Koehler
October 29, 2017
Hank Carter made many contributions to our community as well as his family. He was the epitome of a good Dad and a role model for others. Regardless of his life of sleep deprivation he unfailingly supported his children's involvement in United States Pony Club activities. His career reflected the same concern and standards of excellence from which I benefitted when he successfully delivered my precious first grandchild, Heather Shoemaker, over thirty years ago. He was also spot on when he suggested my younger son, Boggs Shoemaker, would be a good fit at The George School. He was. May this dear man's soul rest in peace in the knowledge that he gave life his best. May his children be aware of the blessing he was in their lives and the lives of so many, many others.
Eleanor Boggs Shoemaker
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