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.www.etzweilerfuneralhome.com