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Memorial Set for Oct. 24 to Honor Dr. Carson Carr, Jr.

Dr. Carson Carr, Jr.'s most treasured reward was watching his students succeed. (Photo by Mark Schmidt)   

ALBANY, N.Y. (October 10, 2014) - The University at Albany community will honor the life and legacy of Dr. Carson Carr Jr., who led UAlbany’s Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) from 1985 to 2008, at a memorial on Friday, October 24, from 3-5 p.m. in the Main Theatre of the Performing Arts Center. Dr. Carr passed away Friday, October 3, in Virginia Beach, Va. Under Carr’s leadership, the graduation rate for UAlbany’s EOP rose to become one of the highest among the 50 EOP programs in the SUNY system. He implemented academic programs for all students, including an extensive study-group plan, an academic “early warning” program, and a faculty mentoring program. For his work with UAlbany’s EOP, Carr received a special citation from the State Assembly, which honored him for dedicating decades to the pursuit of higher education.

Carr grew up in Philadelphia as the member of a family of seven on public assistance.  He credited his mother, a single mother with a third grade education, with encouraging all of her children to get a college education and become responsible members of the community.

The family will receive friends on Friday, October 10, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, 1485 Kempsville Road, Virginia Beach, Va. The funeral service will be held at Freedom Fellowship Church, 836 Regency Drive, Virginia Beach, Va., on Saturday, October 11, at 1 p.m. The funeral will be viewable via live stream capability Saturday at 1 p.m. View the services, then click on the Freedom Webcast link to the right of the page.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Dr. Carson Carr, Jr. Memorial Fund to extend his legacy of providing educational opportunities to the disadvantaged at Wells Fargo, in Virginia Beach, Va., Pungo branch. 

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