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Paul Carter

(New York & Wadham 1956) (10 March 1934 - 12 February 2023)

Paul was born and raised in Palmyra, NY; graduated from Hamilton College; and continued his studies as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University. There he met his beloved wife of nearly 50 years, Elizabeth (Betsy) Baker. After their marriage in 1960, Paul and Betsy moved to Minneapolis, MN, where he began his long and distinguished career in university administration. Paul joined Columbia University in 1962, and (save for two years at his alma mater, Hamilton) served the University for many years—most notably as Executive Vice President for Administration—until his retirement in 1994.

After Paul retired, he and Betsy had many adventures—travel, volunteer work, and bringing to publication Emerson Among the Eccentrics, the final work of Betsy’s late father, Carlos Baker. As a longtime Trustee, Paul remained involved in the work of International House in New York, as well as in the intellectual and social community at Columbia.

After Betsy’s death in 2009, Paul joined St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church in Ridgewood, NJ, where he served on the Vestry and on many committees in support of this vibrant and loving community. He particularly enjoyed volunteering with the young students at Philip’s Academy Charter School (PACS) Paterson, and even more recently, mentoring a student via Zoom, with whom he developed a warm friendship.

Paul loved music and was a gifted singer, pianist, and (in his early years) trumpeter. Track and basketball were his sports in high school and in college, and in retirement, he enjoyed perfecting his tennis game.