Roger Dean Carter

04/07/1929 — 06/29/2003

From Richland, WA, US | Born in Parsons, Kansas

Roger Dean Carter

Roger Dean Carter, 74, passed away June 29, 2003 at Life Care of Richland. Roger was born April 7, 1929 in Parsons, Kansas to Claude H. and Maxine Carter but lived in Pawhuska, Oklahoma until leaving for college. He attended the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State A&M receiving a Masters degree in Nuclear Physics in 1952 and from there was recruited by Hanford to work at the various reactors in Criticality Safety. He retired in March of 1989. Affiliations include membership in the American Nuclear Society, obtaining emeritus status. He was recognized as an authority and coauthored a criticality safety handbook. After retirement he became a consultant for Mohr & Associates, Richland, and was sent to work for Lockheed Martin in Oak Ridge, Tennessee from 1989 to 1997. He returned to consult for Mohr & Associates until he was unable to work because of illness.

Roger and Bobbi Marjorie Baker met on a double blind date and later were married in Seattle August 2, 1958. Four children were born in Richland, WA. They moved from Richland in 1966 and lived in rural Grandview, WA for 35 years; returning to Richland in 2000.

Roger's interests were reading, aircraft, bridge and genealogy. He was an avid reader and amassed a library of history, science fiction, fantasy and aircraft. In later years, numerous ''genealogy trips'' were taken to the southeastern states following the Carter family ancestral line. He and Bobbi enjoyed traveling, especially their trips to England and France.

He is survived by his wife, sons Bryan, Glenn Heidi and Clayton Carter. Grandchildren are Leasel Bueler, Ethan, James Dean J.D. and Bryson Carter, sisters Diana Hubert Dickson and Patricia Boyd Lynn. He was preceded in death by one daughter, Georgia Gayle and his parents, Claude H. and Maxine Smalley Carter. A memorial service honoring his life will be held at Einan's Funeral Home, Friday, July 11, 2003 at 3:00 p.m. with inurnment at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Richland, Washington.

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  • Roger and I were close friends. We both entered an essay contest when we were in 5th grade. I had just moved to Pawhuska and was going to Lynn School. I won the contest and later when Roger and I met, he said he wondered who I was when I beat him in the contest. He came in second. That was probably the only time he ever came in second in anything. We both played in the high school band. I played the clarinet and he played the flute. We worked together in Puryear’s Hotel Pharmacy in the summer and became close friends. He came to see us in Oklahoma City shortly after my second son was born and he and Bobbi came to see me and stayed all night with me in Casper shortly after I moved back here in 1981. Their daughter was with them. He was one of the kindest, smartest, and most considerate friends I have ever had.

    Jimmie Anne German
    November 4, 2014
    Casper, WY, 82609, USA
  • I never met Roger, but he was a cousin helping to trace our family. You will be missed.

    God bless you all.

    Wilson Roberts
    November 4, 2014
    Phoenix, AZ, US
  • I will miss Roger very much. He sure helped me in tracing our family histories. God bless you all.

    Doris & Ron Woodington
    November 4, 2014
    Moneta, VA, US
  • Dear Bobbie,sons and family,

    I know Roger’s passing was expected but I’m not certain knowledge softens sorrow or offers consolation. Please know that my thoughts and love are with you all.

    Cousin, I didn’t know you two met on a blind date. How neet;- I’m so glad we all got the chance to visit awhile back.

    Love,

    Sidney

    Sidney J. Blomquist
    November 4, 2014
    Sedona, AZ, US
  • Bobbi, Glen, Brian, Clay and your families:

    It is with great sympathy and saddness I remember Roger. I know the hard and devasting effects this disease has on both the patient and the family. It is extremely difficult and I am thankful he no longer suffers and is in a place of rest and serenity. I remember Roger as vibrant and quick witted, when he had something to say, he said it, and it was always on the mark, to the point. He had a good sense of humor and a genuine smile and laugh. That is how I will remember him. Take your time to remember, grieve and heal, it’s a slow and hurting process, but it does get better. Our thoughts and prayers to all of you.

    Gay and Dave Rutter

    Auckland New Zealand

    Gay Rutter
    November 4, 2014
    Auckland, Auckland, New, Zealand
  • Having been a highly respected member of the Criticality Safety community, Roger’s work will continue to be useful and he, therefore, will remain with us. My deepest sympathy to Roger’s family. He was both a professional and a gentleman.

    Bill Carson
    November 4, 2014
    Lynchburg, VA, US
  • I was very sorry to hear about Roger. Roger was a highly respected member of the Nuclear Criticality Safety NCS community and I am very fortunate to have known him. He will be missed.

    Randy Shackelford
    November 4, 2014
    Johnson, City, TN, US
  • Terry S. Vail
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA, US
  • Alan Ramble
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • I first met Roger when I worked at the Critical Mass Lab in 1968 and he worked at the Plutonium Finishing Plant. When he retired from Hanford, I moved into his office in the 2751E Building. For years fellow workers called me Roger because of the similarities of our names and jobs. Roger really was one of the top people in the world in the field of criticality safety. His contributions will be recognized for a long time to come. His detailed memory of projects he had worked on many years earlier was simply amazing. He will be missed.

    Charles A. Rogers
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • Roger worked with us from 1989 for approximately ten years. In addition to his devotion and love for his family, I believe his greatest accomplishment was his work ethic and the interest he had in all of his co-workers. He will be missed. Our prayers and sympathy to Bobbi and family. John and Vilma.

    John DeClue
    November 4, 2014
    Oak, Ridge, TN, US
  • My deepest sympathies – Roger was one of the first criticality safety people I ever worked with, and I am grateful for all he taught me and for the respect he gave this neophyte analyst.

    Denise Crenshaw-Smith
    November 4, 2014
    Powell, TN, US
  • Enjoyed working with Roger and learning from him about NCS. Condolences to his family.

    Susan B. Turner
    November 4, 2014
    Harriman, TN, US
  • Love and Prayers to your family from ours.

    Jim, Julie, Jonna, Nathen, and Tonhya Wysong

    Wysong Family
    November 4, 2014
    Grandview, WA, US
  • We will never forget that wonderful guy who took a new clerk under his wing and taught her how to use the old key-punch machine at U Plant. We send our heart-felt condolences to you and your family Bobbi. Roger was a wonderful guy.

    Don & Kay Lansing
    November 4, 2014
    Yakima, WA, US
  • Bobbi and Family,

    We are praying for you and your comfort during this time. Our Lord will wrap His arms around you to provide the perfect consolation. Please know that your friends are thinking of you.

    We remember the sparkle in Roger’s eyes when he would talk with us about the air shows and the aircraft he had seen.

    In Christ’s Love and Friendship,

    Jim and Nancy

    Jim and Nancy Davidson
    November 4, 2014
    Grandview, WA, US
  • Clayton & Family, My prayers go out to you and your family during this time of grieving. Even though I did not personally know your Father, I know you loved him and respected him for being a Dad and his many accomplishments both personally and professionally, Sincerely Your Friend – Mic Mackey

    Mic Mackey
    November 4, 2014
    Sunnyside, WA, US
  • I am grateful that Roger agreed to come out to Oak Ridge, TN to work with me after his retirement from Hanford. This close contact gave me the chance to get to know Roger that my years at Hanford didn’t allow. I am also grateful to Bobbie for agreeing to travel out to Oak Ridge to keep Roger occupied when he wasn’t at work. Roger’s contributions here were significant and timely, and he is sorely missed.

    Dennis A. Tollefson
    November 4, 2014
    Oak, Ridge, TN, US
  • Roger was a dear friend a wonderful colleague and had a wealth of information and experiences. We first met Roger and Bobbi in the spring of 1989 when he joined our company and he and Bobbi went to Oak Ridge. We soon grew to really enjoy our relationship with both of them. We will miss his humor, his smile, his laugh, his stories about guns, Oklahoma, planes, his grandchildren and a host of other topics he enjoyed to tell. We will most certainly miss his wealth of knowlege, and experiences that are irreplaceable.

    Our prayers are with Bobbi and the family. We have all lost a true friend.

    Chuck and Linda Mohr
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • You have our deepest sympathy in your loss, you are in our prayers!

    York, Jeanne, Erin, Brad & Lauren Jewell

    York F. Jewell
    November 4, 2014
    Garden, City, MO, US
  • I worked with Roger most of the time that he was assigned to the Y-12 Plant in Oak Ridge, TN. It

    was an honor to know and work

    with him.

    Victor R Cain
    November 4, 2014
    Oak, Ridge, TN, US
  • My sympathy and prayers are with all you. I worked with Roger in many projects during the last 27 years. There are no words to properly decribe how much he influenced the Nuclear Criticality Safety Community, specially helping and teaching new people in the field.We all appreciated Rogers both as professional colleage and as a friend. He will be truly missed.

    Adolf S.Garcia
    November 4, 2014
    Idaho, Falls, ID, US
  • Dear Bobbi, I know after the time I spent working with you and Roger how great the loss is. Roger was one of the most interesting and intelligent persons I have ever met and he left a little something special to everyone. Our family’s thoughts are with you.

    Justin Newhouse
    November 4, 2014
    Mabton, WA, US
  • Roger & I grew up & attended the same public schools in Pawhuska. Was good to visit, albeit briefly during the 50th High School Reunion. The family name will be placed in our Prayer List at St Paul UMC here in Fort Smith.

    Jean Ed Williams
    November 4, 2014
    Fort, Smith, AR, US
  • Roger and I were close friends. We both entered an essay contest when we were in 5th grade. I had just moved to Pawhuska and was going to Lynn School. I won the contest and later when Roger and I met, he said he wondered who I was when I beat him in the contest. He came in second. That was probably the only time he ever came in second in anything. We both played in the high school band. I played the clarinet and he played the flute. We worked together in Puryear’s Hotel Pharmacy in the summer and became close friends. He came to see us in Oklahoma City shortly after my second son was born and he and Bobbi came to see me and stayed all night with me in Casper shortly after I moved back here in 1981. Their daughter was with them. He was one of the kindest, smartest, and most considerate friends I have ever had.

    Jimmie Anne German
    November 4, 2014
    Casper, WY, 82609, USA
  • I never met Roger, but he was a cousin helping to trace our family. You will be missed.

    God bless you all.

    Wilson Roberts
    November 4, 2014
    Phoenix, AZ, US
  • I will miss Roger very much. He sure helped me in tracing our family histories. God bless you all.

    Doris & Ron Woodington
    November 4, 2014
    Moneta, VA, US
  • Dear Bobbie,sons and family,

    I know Roger’s passing was expected but I’m not certain knowledge softens sorrow or offers consolation. Please know that my thoughts and love are with you all.

    Cousin, I didn’t know you two met on a blind date. How neet;- I’m so glad we all got the chance to visit awhile back.

    Love,

    Sidney

    Sidney J. Blomquist
    November 4, 2014
    Sedona, AZ, US
  • Bobbi, Glen, Brian, Clay and your families:

    It is with great sympathy and saddness I remember Roger. I know the hard and devasting effects this disease has on both the patient and the family. It is extremely difficult and I am thankful he no longer suffers and is in a place of rest and serenity. I remember Roger as vibrant and quick witted, when he had something to say, he said it, and it was always on the mark, to the point. He had a good sense of humor and a genuine smile and laugh. That is how I will remember him. Take your time to remember, grieve and heal, it’s a slow and hurting process, but it does get better. Our thoughts and prayers to all of you.

    Gay and Dave Rutter

    Auckland New Zealand

    Gay Rutter
    November 4, 2014
    Auckland, Auckland, New, Zealand
  • Having been a highly respected member of the Criticality Safety community, Roger’s work will continue to be useful and he, therefore, will remain with us. My deepest sympathy to Roger’s family. He was both a professional and a gentleman.

    Bill Carson
    November 4, 2014
    Lynchburg, VA, US
  • I was very sorry to hear about Roger. Roger was a highly respected member of the Nuclear Criticality Safety NCS community and I am very fortunate to have known him. He will be missed.

    Randy Shackelford
    November 4, 2014
    Johnson, City, TN, US
  • Terry S. Vail
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA, US
  • Alan Ramble
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • I first met Roger when I worked at the Critical Mass Lab in 1968 and he worked at the Plutonium Finishing Plant. When he retired from Hanford, I moved into his office in the 2751E Building. For years fellow workers called me Roger because of the similarities of our names and jobs. Roger really was one of the top people in the world in the field of criticality safety. His contributions will be recognized for a long time to come. His detailed memory of projects he had worked on many years earlier was simply amazing. He will be missed.

    Charles A. Rogers
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • Roger worked with us from 1989 for approximately ten years. In addition to his devotion and love for his family, I believe his greatest accomplishment was his work ethic and the interest he had in all of his co-workers. He will be missed. Our prayers and sympathy to Bobbi and family. John and Vilma.

    John DeClue
    November 4, 2014
    Oak, Ridge, TN, US
  • My deepest sympathies – Roger was one of the first criticality safety people I ever worked with, and I am grateful for all he taught me and for the respect he gave this neophyte analyst.

    Denise Crenshaw-Smith
    November 4, 2014
    Powell, TN, US
  • Enjoyed working with Roger and learning from him about NCS. Condolences to his family.

    Susan B. Turner
    November 4, 2014
    Harriman, TN, US
  • Love and Prayers to your family from ours.

    Jim, Julie, Jonna, Nathen, and Tonhya Wysong

    Wysong Family
    November 4, 2014
    Grandview, WA, US
  • We will never forget that wonderful guy who took a new clerk under his wing and taught her how to use the old key-punch machine at U Plant. We send our heart-felt condolences to you and your family Bobbi. Roger was a wonderful guy.

    Don & Kay Lansing
    November 4, 2014
    Yakima, WA, US
  • Bobbi and Family,

    We are praying for you and your comfort during this time. Our Lord will wrap His arms around you to provide the perfect consolation. Please know that your friends are thinking of you.

    We remember the sparkle in Roger’s eyes when he would talk with us about the air shows and the aircraft he had seen.

    In Christ’s Love and Friendship,

    Jim and Nancy

    Jim and Nancy Davidson
    November 4, 2014
    Grandview, WA, US
  • Clayton & Family, My prayers go out to you and your family during this time of grieving. Even though I did not personally know your Father, I know you loved him and respected him for being a Dad and his many accomplishments both personally and professionally, Sincerely Your Friend – Mic Mackey

    Mic Mackey
    November 4, 2014
    Sunnyside, WA, US
  • I am grateful that Roger agreed to come out to Oak Ridge, TN to work with me after his retirement from Hanford. This close contact gave me the chance to get to know Roger that my years at Hanford didn’t allow. I am also grateful to Bobbie for agreeing to travel out to Oak Ridge to keep Roger occupied when he wasn’t at work. Roger’s contributions here were significant and timely, and he is sorely missed.

    Dennis A. Tollefson
    November 4, 2014
    Oak, Ridge, TN, US
  • Roger was a dear friend a wonderful colleague and had a wealth of information and experiences. We first met Roger and Bobbi in the spring of 1989 when he joined our company and he and Bobbi went to Oak Ridge. We soon grew to really enjoy our relationship with both of them. We will miss his humor, his smile, his laugh, his stories about guns, Oklahoma, planes, his grandchildren and a host of other topics he enjoyed to tell. We will most certainly miss his wealth of knowlege, and experiences that are irreplaceable.

    Our prayers are with Bobbi and the family. We have all lost a true friend.

    Chuck and Linda Mohr
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • You have our deepest sympathy in your loss, you are in our prayers!

    York, Jeanne, Erin, Brad & Lauren Jewell

    York F. Jewell
    November 4, 2014
    Garden, City, MO, US
  • I worked with Roger most of the time that he was assigned to the Y-12 Plant in Oak Ridge, TN. It

    was an honor to know and work

    with him.

    Victor R Cain
    November 4, 2014
    Oak, Ridge, TN, US
  • My sympathy and prayers are with all you. I worked with Roger in many projects during the last 27 years. There are no words to properly decribe how much he influenced the Nuclear Criticality Safety Community, specially helping and teaching new people in the field.We all appreciated Rogers both as professional colleage and as a friend. He will be truly missed.

    Adolf S.Garcia
    November 4, 2014
    Idaho, Falls, ID, US
  • Dear Bobbi, I know after the time I spent working with you and Roger how great the loss is. Roger was one of the most interesting and intelligent persons I have ever met and he left a little something special to everyone. Our family’s thoughts are with you.

    Justin Newhouse
    November 4, 2014
    Mabton, WA, US
  • Roger & I grew up & attended the same public schools in Pawhuska. Was good to visit, albeit briefly during the 50th High School Reunion. The family name will be placed in our Prayer List at St Paul UMC here in Fort Smith.

    Jean Ed Williams
    November 4, 2014
    Fort, Smith, AR, US
  • From the Eggen Family. Bobbi our hearts go out to you. Roger will always be in our memories as a good man. He will be missed by many. Just wish we could have visited more often down thru the years.

    Carter A. Eggen
    November 4, 2014
    Frankston, TX, US
  • Bobbie and boys,

    Our deepest sympathy and prayers for you and your family.

    Was so sorry to hear of Rogers passing

    JAY & PAT JOHNSON
    November 4, 2014
    RICHLAND, WASHINGTONt, US
  • I remember Roger as a classmate at Pawhuska High School. Our thoughts are with the family.

    Berry & Marlene Sturgell
    November 4, 2014
    `Ventura, CA, US
  • Rosalie and Antony send their deepest condolences to Bobbi and all the family.

    You are in our thoughts and prayers.

    All our love.

    Bullimore
    November 4, 2014
    England
  • It has been my pleasure to serve with Roger in the American Nuclear Society and on criticality safety assessement teams. He always has been a gentleman, a scholar, and, above all, a most valued friend. He will be missed greatly.

    Ron Knief
    November 4, 2014
    Albuquerque, NM, US
  • Roger was my first boss as a new college graduate in 1973. I learned much from him and had much respect for him. He was a fine man. My best goes to his family.

    Craig Brown
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • Bobbie & Family,

    May God give you peace at this time.

    Betty & Larry

    Larry & Betty Weigart
    November 4, 2014
    Roach, MO, US
  • I worked with Roger many years. He was a special close friend. Can hardly believe he is gone. My sincere condolences. I will miss him.

    Les Brown
    November 4, 2014
    Cedar, Hills, UT, US
  • Roger was an outstanding member of our criticality safety community. We all will miss his participation and advice.

    George H. Bidinger
    November 4, 2014
    Rockville, MD, US