Carter, Dr. Warrick L.

Dr. Warrick L. Carter, acclaimed musician and educator, went home to be with the Lord on July 15, 2017, at his home in Sanford, Florida, after a brief illness. Born on May 6,1942, in Charlottesville, Virginia. He was the second oldest son of the late Charles and Evelyn Carter. After graduating from Burley High School in 1960, Warrick earned a B.S. Degree in Music Education from Tennessee State University in 1964, completed advanced studies in percussion at the Blair Academy of Music in 1965, a Master’s Degree in Music Education from Michigan State University in 1966, and Ph.D. in Music Education from Michigan State University in 1971. His career includes, (1966) Assistant Professor and Director of Bands at University of Maryland- Eastern Shore, in Princess Anne, Maryland, (1971) Professor of music and chairman of the division of Fine and Performing Arts, at Governors State University in Chicago, (1984)Dean of the Faculty and Provost/Vice President of Academic Affairs at Berklee College of Music in Boston, and (1996) Director of Entertainment Arts at Walt Disney Entertainment in Orlando, Florida. In 2000, Warrick became the 9th President and the first African-American to serve at Columbia College, in Chicago Ill. During his 13 year tenure, he oversaw the transformation of the college from a locally know commuter school into an established residential campus with an international student body. Warrick was a recognized leader in music education and minority issues in the arts. He taught and consulted for many diverse organizations, public and private schools systems, Universities in the United States and abroad. He was commissioned to compose and perform as guest percussionist for various orchestras and Jazz groups around the world. Warrick leaves to cherish his memory his wife Laurel of 24 years; daughter, Keisha Carter Noel (Daniel); grandchildren, Warrick Carter Noel and Elise Ann Noel; brothers, Charles Carter Jr. (JoAnn) and Orlanda Carter (Mary); niece, Charlene Gladney (Eric); nephews, Wynton Carter (Tracy) and Paul Fleming (Kimberly), and many relatives and friends. Memorial service and celebration of life for Dr. Warrick L. Carter will be held on Saturday, August 19, 2017, at 1 p.m. at Mt. Zion First African Baptist Church, 105 Lankford Avenue, Charlottesville, Va. Professional services entrusted to Dignity Memorial Funeral, Cremation and Cemetery Services, Sanford, Fla. and J.F. Bell Funeral Services, Charlottesville Va.
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