Dewey K. Carpenter

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  • "Marie, My deepest condolences to you and your family...."
    - Reed Richard
  • "Great Sunday School teacher! Vera and I loved his classes..."
    - Mark Lazarre
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    - Melissa Day
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    - Gerard Jorda
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A resident of Baton Rouge and retired LSU Professor of Chemistry, Dewey K. Carpenter passed away at home on October 9, 2017, at the age of 89. Dewey is survived by his wife of 62 years Marie B. Carpenter; sons Paul K. Carpenter and Luther J. Carpenter; daughter Barbara C. Hart; and grandchildren Allison Hart, Sebastian Carpenter, John Hart, and Leah Carpenter. Dewey was born June 30, 1928, in Omaha, Nebraska, to Barbara Ratekin-Unkel and Kenneth Harlowe Carpenter. He grew up in Scranton, Pennsylvania, where he studied the trumpet, became an Eagle Scout, and developed an interest in chemistry. He obtained his Ph.D. from Duke University, was a member of Phi Beta Kappa honorary society, and came to Christ through Intervarsity Christian Fellowship. Dewey was a lifelong teacher and full Professor of Chemistry at LSU, where he specialized in physical chemistry and administration of the freshman chemistry curriculum. He enjoyed and shared a deep interest in general aviation, sailing, birding, and motorcycles. He interviewed and became friends with trumpet great Doc Cheatham and was a long-time lover of jazz music. He had great knowledge of theology and taught Sunday school at First Presbyterian Church for many years. Dewey and Marie celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary on Oct. 8, 2017, including taking communion, and Dewey passed away in peaceful sleep that night. We celebrate the life and accomplishments of Dewey and invite our friends to join us. A wake will be held at Rabenhorst Funeral Home Thursday Oct 12, from 5-8 pm. Visitation at 10 am and memorial service at 11 am will both be held on Friday Oct. 13 at First Presbyterian Church on North Blvd.
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Published in TheAdvocate.com from Oct. 11 to Oct. 13, 2017