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Longtime member of the Board of Trustees was instrumental in the university’s centennial fundraising campaign.
A memorial service for Warren Carter, longtime University of La Verne Board of Trustees member, is scheduled for August 20 in Bakersfield at 11 a.m. at Bakersfield First Assembly.
Carter, who passed away on July 21, was a trustee at La Verne from 1965 to 1992. He earned a bachelor’s degree from La Verne College in 1958.
The University of La Verne’s Centennial fundraising campaign was the brainchild of Carter and he spearheaded its execution as its chairman. He donated much of the $881,000 raised in the campaign’s first two years himself.“Mr. Carter was very generous not just with his money but also with support, time and leadership,” La Verne Director of Public Relations Charles Bentley said.
In 1985, the university conveyed on Carter an honorary doctorate of law.
Carter taught briefly after graduation in 1958, but returned to the San Joaquin Valley to grow almonds near his hometown of McFarland, which is about 25 miles north of Bakersfield. According to the Bakersfield Californian, Carter was in 1960 among the first to grow almonds in the region, planting nearly 200 acres. The crop would become one of the county’s largest agricultural commodities.
Carter served on the Almond Board of California from 1979 to 1992, including two years as chairman and four years as vice chairman. Bob Curtis, an associate on the board, told the Californian that Carter’s valuable leadership contributed to the sustained growth of the California almond industry, leading to its position as global leader of almond production.”
“He will be missed very much,” Curtis told the newspaper.
Carter was a past president of the Kern County Farm Bureau and chair of the parent advisory committee for the McFarland High School Future Farmers of America. He was also a board member of the McFarland Unified School District from 1981 to 1994. His son, Doug Carter, also a La Verne alumnus, told the Californian that his father was devoted to helping young people.
“He always loved kids,” Doug Carter told the Californian. “Both my parents were very active in the church and not only their own kids’ lives but those of our friends growing up. We always had an open-door policy in our home.”
In addition to Doug Carter, Warren Carter is survived by daughter-in-law Dena Carter; son Ken Carter and daughter-in-law Renee Carter; daughter Karen Campbell and son-in-law Joey Campbell; brother Wayne Carter; sister Opal Wilkinson; and 10 grandchildren.
His wife, Lenore Carter, died in 2009.