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Winthrop Graduate Student With Social Studies Aspirations Passes Away

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 R. Kevin Carter is described as an engaged student who always engaged in thought-provoking discussions.

ROCK HILL, S.C. — A Winthrop University graduate student who had aspirations of becoming a social studies teacher who could help younger students seek a better life has passed away.

R. Kevin Carter, a current MAT candidate who had previously earned his Bachelor of Arts in a dual degree program involving philosophy, religion and political science, was also a military veteran who served in the first Gulf War. He leaves behind a beloved 13-year-old son who planned to visit his father this Christmas holiday.

Vice President for Student Life Frank Ardaiolo described Carter as a very engaged student who was always eager to participate in thought-provoking conversations. His professors said he was “driven to find insights, if not solutions, for the big questions that surround our lives.”

“As a former teacher of his, as part of a class Peter Judge and I led, I have an enduring picture in my mind of Kevin giving a lecture to us on the Dead Sea Scrolls while we were overlooking their actual discovery site, the caves at Qumran on the West Bank in Israel,” Ardaiolo wrote in a campus-wide e-mail.

A funeral service is planned for Wednesday, Nov. 27, at 2 p.m. at Greene Funeral Home’s Northwest Chapel on Ebenezer Avenue.  The family will receive friends from noon-1:45 p.m.

Memorials can be made in Carter’s name to Union Baptist Church, 1945 Ratchford Road, York, S.C., 29732.

“Your friends and professors will never forget you,” Ardaiolo wrote. “Thank you for enriching our lives.”

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