Moore Carter, Frances (1925-2022) | University of Illinois Archives

Name: Moore Carter, Frances (1925-2022)

Historical Note:

Frances Moore Carter (1925-2022) was born in Washington D.C. to parents, Joel and Ora Moore. During WWII, she attended college at William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA, serving as the Chairman for the Women's Students' Cooperative Government and receiving a dual BA degree in English and history. After graduating in 1947, she married Richard Carter, who had served in the Army Air Corps. The couple had three children—Karen, Marcia, and Richard Jr.—in the subsequent years.

In the mid-1950s, Frances Carter's sister, Marjorie, became the publicist and historian for the Marine Band. Marjorie wrote an article on Sousa that was included in the November 1954 issue of Music Journal, which was based on primary source evidence that was maintained by Sousa's daughters, Helen and Jane Priscilla. Shortly after composing this article, the Moore sisters began collaborating on a book project with the Sousa daughters, but the project was never completed.

In 1967, Carter became the director of the Springfield (PA) School District's Title IX program. Soon after, she began teaching elementary grades in the Chester Upland (PA) School District. She received her MA in English from West Chester University in 1972 and earned her PhD in Education six years later at the University of Pennsylvania. Following this she served as an adjunct faculty member at both Villanova and St. Joseph's Universities. In 1989, Carter established an educational foundation for students in Chester, PA. She retired in 1990.


1930 Census Records

Frances Moore Carter Obituary -

William and Mary Year Book 1947

Note Author: Nolan Vallier

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