Charles W. “Bill” Carson, Jr., 93, passed away June 15, 2022. Bill was born February 13, 1929, and raised in Rochester, NY In his teens Bill began collecting canceled postal stamps, rare books and maps, an early reflection of his curiosity about the world that led to a career in international finance. Bill graduated from Monroe High School in Rochester in 1946 and from the Peddie School, Hightstown, New Jersey, in 1947. He attended Oundle School in Northamptonshire, England, on a scholarship in 1947-48. In 1951, at the age of 22, Bill became the youngest-ever person elected to membership in the Royal Geographic Society, London. He graduated from Princeton University (BA, Political Science, Class of ’52), and was awarded The Lyman H. Atwater Prize in Politics that year. On August 23, 1952, Bill married Philadelphia native Miriam Maud Jackson. He attended St. John’s College at Oxford University in 1953, to study classical Arabic language and literature. Upon returning to the United States, Carson moved to Washington, DC, where he served in the US Army and wrote a primer on Arabic grammar for the National Security Agency, 1953-56. The Carsons’ first son, Thomas E. Carson was born in Washington in 1955. The couple moved to New York in 1956, where Bill joined the Chemical Bank. The couple’s second son, Philip L. Carson, was born in New York in 1957. Bill attended Harvard University’s Advanced Management Program in 1968. Bill went on to lead Chemical Bank’s International Division from 1970-77. He served as vice chairman of the Chemical Bank’s board of directors from 1977 until his retirement in 1983. He served as a partner of Price Waterhouse & Partners, 1985-88. His corporate directorships included Mitsubishi Trust & Banking Corporation, NAC Re Corporation, McPherson’s America Inc., Princeton Capital Management, and Trebol International Corporation. After 1988, Bill focused on service in the nonprofit sector. Bill served as a trustee and financial advisor at the American University of Beirut, the New-York Historical Society, the National YMCA Fund, Inc., Americans for Oxford, Inc., and Drew University. He was a long-time member of the Council on Foreign Relations and traveled to more than 100 countries in the course of his career. Bill was preceded in death by his wife, Miriam, who passed away in 2016. He is survived by his sister, Mary Kahl, his sons, Tom (Robin) and Phil, his nephew, Frederick Kahl, his niece, Sarah Kahl, three grandchildren, Henry (Maggie), Nonie, and Thomas, and two great-granddaughters, Ellie and Anna.
Published by The Star-Ledger from Jun. 25 to Jun. 26, 2022.