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May 10, 2012

James Emerson Carter

Nov. 12, 1911 - May 9, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS — James Emerson Carter, age 100, died Wednesday, May 9, 2012, in Fishers, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born Nov. 12, 1911, in Indianapolis, to Nellie (Reed) and John Carter. He grew up on the west side of Indianapolis and attended George Washington High School, where he excelled in athletics. In 1930, he won the state championship in the pole vault with a record vault of 12 feet, 4¾ inches, becoming the first Washington High student to achieve an individual state athletic title.

He was a 1935 graduate of Purdue University and obtained a master’s degree in teaching from Ball State University in 1956. At Purdue, he was an All-American halfback on the football team and, along with his teammate Duane Purvis, was known as one of the “Touchdown Twins.” During his three-year tenure, the team lost only four games. He remains the sixth all-time rushing leader in Purdue football history, averaging 5.37 yards per carry.

His teaching and coaching career began at Lowell High School in Lake County, followed by a head football coaching position at Mankato State University in Mankato, Minn., where he met his future wife, Florence.

He was the head basketball coach at the University of Dayton until World War II broke out. In 1943, he was recruited by Dupont Munitions as the recreation director for a project that produced components of the atomic bomb in Hanford, Wash., known as the Manhattan Project. Jim would later refer to this as one of the most interesting jobs he ever had. After the war, he returned to football as the head coach at Terre Haute Wiley High School. Finally, in 1951 he took a teaching and head football coaching position at Anderson High School, where he retired from coaching 15 years later, and then as a history teacher in 1977.

Jim Carter’s wife of 56 years, Florence Morrow, preceded him in death in 1994. He is survived by three children, Sharon Jones (Bill) of Fishers, James “Mitch” Carter (Margie) of Woodland Hills, Calif., and Jill Carter (Michele) of Jefferson, Maine; five grandchildren, Bradley Jones (Cyndy), Kathy Jones, Julie Clendenden (Phil), Catalina Carter and Clayton Carter; and seven great-grandchildren, Max Klapak, Mackenzie, Adrienne and William Jones, Carter and Lucy Clendenen and Drake Carter-Nelson.

The family would like to thank the staff at Hamilton Trace Assisted Living in Fishers, Gary Fisch, M.D., Allan Riley and all of Jim’s friends and family who helped him celebrate his 100 years.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Visitation will be from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Robert D. Loose Funeral Homes, 200 W. 53rd St., Anderson.

Services will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, Anderson.

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