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Alan Carter April 16, 1923 – January 25, 2019

Alan Carter passed away peacefully on January 25, 2019, at Bentley Commons in Keene, NH. He was born in Rochester, NY, in 1923.

A retired Career Minister in the former United States Information Agency, Carter, held several senior positions and served tours of duty in Pakistan, India, Japan, and Vietnam. He was one of the last evacuees from the US Embassy in Saigon in 1975.

Alan Carter had three distinct careers, all involving communications. The first was in radio broadcasting, including positions as Program Director at WNYC and producer/director at NBC, both in New York City. The second was at the United States Information Agency. Following his retirement from government, he served in senior positions at World Learning in Brattleboro, Vermont.

He was married to Marjorie Lee Carter of Oklahoma , who predeceased him, and who, along with their daughter Pamela Carter, accompanied him on his overseas tours. The exception was what proved to be a short tour of duty in Vietnam, which ended with the evacuation by the US government of all it’s personnel in that country.

For his work in USIA, he received the Edward R Murrow Award for Excellence in Public Diplomacy. He also received the Presidential Certificate of Appreciation from President Gerald Ford for his work with the Interagency Task Force for Indochina refugees, helping in their resettlement in the U.S.

When he moved to Brattleboro, he reunited with Ellsworth Bunker and John Kenneth Galbraith, two U.S. Ambassadors with whom he served in India as Press Attaché. Alan Carter was a resident of Vermont for over 30 years, the longest he lived in any one place.

He leaves his daughter Pamela Carter and relatives in Hartford, Connecticut, Rochester, NY, Texas, and California.

Ker-Phaneuf Funeral Home and Crematorium is assisting the family with arrangements. To view an online memorial, leave a message of condolence, or for more information please go to

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