THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
James E. Carter MD
Issue Date: September 27, 2017
James Earl Carter MD, 89, of 409 Birchington Lane, Melbourne, Fla. 32940, passed away there on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017.
Born July 29, 1928 in Peshtigo, to Dr. Earl and Irene Carter, he excelled in all sports and achieved Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts. He graduated from Peshtigo High School in 1946, he attended UW-Madison.
From 1946 to 1949 he played basketball under legendary coach, Bud Foster and completed his undergraduate studies while helping the Badgers claim the 1947 Big Ten title and advance to the NCAA quarterfinals.
He graduated in 1955 from Marquette University School of Medicine in Milwaukee and completed his internship and orthopedic residency at Milwaukee County Hospital.
He served four years as an Air Force surgeon at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Ms. where he completed an advanced hand surgery degree program and worked with established orthopedic surgeon Dr. Glen Musselman at the Cape Canaveral Hospital. The family moved to Brevard County in 1965 and he was a preeminent orthopedic surgeon and rose to prominence as a hospital leader.
From 1972 to 1977, he was chief of staff at Cape Canaveral Hospital, serving 25 years on its Board of Directors. He was dedicated to his patients and profession was legendary. After he retired in 2012, he continued to volunteer at Brevard Health Alliance and the Brevard County Health Department.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, the former Joan Graby of Marinette; six children, Virginia Barton, Jackie Smith (Steve), James (Patty), Jody, John and Joseph (Alexandra); three grandchildren and a brother, Daniel (Jane) of Mayville.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, William (Amber) and a granddaughter, Sara Barton.
Visitation will be held at Beckman Williamson Funeral Home, 5400 Village Dr. Viera, Fla. on Wednesday, Sept. 27 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, Sept. 28 from 1 p.m. at Suntree United Methodist Church, 7400 N. Wickham Rd., Melbourne, Fla. In lieau of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.