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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Social Worker
Sociology Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Beef (Ground)
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
California
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
9/27/1943
Birth Location:
Tyler, Texas

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Social Worker
Sociology Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Beef (Ground)
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
California
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
9/27/1943
Birth Location:
Tyler
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Biography

Distinguished professor of sociology Donald Ray Carpenter was born on September 27, 1943 in Tyler, Texas to Modestine Truesdale Carpenter. In the absence of his father, he was raised by his grandmother, a Seventh Day Adventist. As a youth, Carpenter moved to Ogden, Utah, a city known for its historical involvement as a railroad town saturated with black night life, when his stepfather, John Carpenter, a radio repairman, was hired at Hill AFB near Ogden. Carpenter attended T.J. Austin Elementary School before graduating from Ogden High School in 1962. He performed as an organist and pianist for New Zion Baptist Church for forty-seven years. Carpenter went on to enroll at Weber State University where he majored in sociology and minored in anthropology. While attending Weber State, Carpenter also earned a living by working for Wonder Bread Bakery and the U.S. Post Office.

In 1972, Carpenter entered the University of Utah where he pursued his M.S.W. degree in social work. Afterwards, he returned to his alma mater in 1973 and began teaching in Weber State’s Social Work/Gerontology Department. In 1974, he attended the summer institute at the University of Chicago where he studied curriculum development for social work education. Carpenter went on to further his education by earning his Ph.D. in cultural foundation of education in 1986. He was awarded tenure at Weber State University that same year, and in 1993, he became chair of the Department of Social Work and Gerontology at Weber State University.

After retiring in 2003, Carpenter became the Administrator/Head Start Director of the Ogden/Weber Community Action Partnership, an organization that helps the disadvantaged on the local, state and federal levels. He has received many awards and recognitions including: Social Worker of the Year, Utah Chapter of NASW, 1998; 33 Degree Mason, 1988; Past Master of Mt. Ogden Lodge #20, Ogden, Utah; Past Commander-in-Chief of Ben Lomond Consistory, Ogden, Utah; Past Potentate of Rabbak Temple #218, Ogden, Utah and LCSW Social Worker, State of Utah.

Carpenter has been married to the former Elizabeth Ann Washington for forty-six years. Together they have two daughters, Tamera Lynn and Leslie Ann, three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Carpenter was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on March 14, 2008.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Donald Carpenter describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Donald Carpenter describes his maternal grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Donald Carpenter describes his mother's upbringing
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Donald Carpenter describes his birth father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Donald Carpenter describes his relationship with his birth father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Donald Carpenter describes his stepfather's upbringing
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Donald Carpenter describes his relationship with his stepfather
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Donald Carpenter talks about how his mother met his birth father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Donald Carpenter describes his mother and stepfather's marriage
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Donald Carpenter describes his relationship with his mother
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Donald Carpenter describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Donald Carpenter describes his neighborhood in Tyler, Texas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Donald Carpenter remembers the Liberty Baptist Church in Tyler, Texas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Donald Carpenter describes his relationship with the elders in his community
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Donald Carpenter remembers T.J. Austin Elementary School in Tyler, Texas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Donald Carpenter recalls his family's move to Clearfield, Utah
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Donald Carpenter remembers Ogden High School in Ogden, Utah
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Donald Carpenter describes his college aspirations
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Donald Carpenter remembers marrying his wife
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Donald Carpenter recalls his mentors at Weber State College in Ogden, Utah
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Donald Carpenter talks about his early awareness of the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Donald Carpenter describes the demographics of Utah
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Donald Carpenter talks about race relations in Ogden, Utah
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Donald Carpenter remembers Professor Ray Clark
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Donald Carpenter recalls his work at the Clearfield Job Corps Center in Clearfield, Utah
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Donald Carpenter remembers the guidance of his mentor, Professor Ray Clark
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Donald Carpenter recalls becoming a tenured professor at Weber State College in Ogden, Utah
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Donald Carpenter describes his Ph.D. dissertation
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Donald Carpenter talks about the termination of Director H.C. Massey from the Ogden-Weber Community Action Partnership, Inc.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Donald Carpenter talks about his directorship of the Ogden-Weber Community Action Partnership, Inc.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Donald Carpenter describes his plans to honor H.C. Massey
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Donald Carpenter recalls the controversy over H.C. Massey's termination
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Donald Carpenter describes his achievements with the Head Start program in Ogden, Utah
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Donald Carpenter reflects upon his directorship of the Head Start program in Ogden, Utah
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Donald Carpenter describes his hopes and concerns for the communities of color in Utah
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Donald Carpenter talks about H.C. Massey
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Donald Carpenter describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Donald Carpenter reflects upon his life, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Donald Carpenter describes his concerns for the Head Start program
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Donald Carpenter talks about the role of the church in the black community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Donald Carpenter reflects upon his life, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Donald Carpenter reflects upon his legacy, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Donald Carpenter describes his family
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Donald Carpenter talks about the history of African Americans in Ogden, Utah
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Donald Carpenter reflects upon his legacy, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Donald Carpenter describes how he would like to be remembered