Professor Carter, SP2

Louis H. Carter, professor emeritus in the School of Social Policy & Practice, passed away November 28, 2011, at age 85.

Professor Carter joined the faculty in 1970, where he became the first African-American tenured professor of social work at Penn. He was accorded emeritus status in 2006.

Professor Carter "carved his own niche at the School of Social Policy & Practice via his extension of the scholarship and practice surrounding the 'functional approach,' application of Otto Rank's human engagement theory of will, and his commitment to critical analysis of institutionalized racism and its destructive impact on the human condition. He creatively used his life experience as course content to examine critical issues facing social work practitioners invested in efficacious practice," stated his son Richard Carter.

Before coming to Penn, Professor Carter worked in a variety of administrative and direct service positions in child and public welfare, criminal and juvenile justice and mental health.

In addition to his teaching activities, he was a consultant and led training workshops for area government personnel, including the Philadelphia and Wilmington Police Departments.

To honor Professor Carter, the Louis H. Carter Endowed Lectureship was launched in 2004, with past speakers including Nikki Giovanni and Michael Eric Dyson. He was also a recipient of his School's teaching award in 1991 (Almanac May 21, 1991).

Widely published, Professor Carters article, "The Black Instructor: An Essential Dimension to the Content and Structure of the Social Work Curriculum," was included in the book, A Century of Social Work and Social Welfare at Penn, published in 2008.

Born in New Jersey, Professor Carter earned his BS in education from Rider College in 1951, now Rider University. He earned his MSW from Penn in 1962. Prior to that, he served in the US Army during World War II.

Professor Carter is survived by his sons, Mark, GCP'83, SW'89, and Richard, C'88, GEd'89, GrEd'98; two grandchildren, Jordan and Hannah; and his brother, Frank.

SP2 is planning a memorial for February.