Dr. Jack L. Carter
Bachelor of Science 1950
Master of Science 1954
Dr. Jack L. Carter grew up in Kansas City, Kansas; where his father was a railroad engineer with a “run” from Kansas City to Emporia. After attending Baker University and the College of Emporia as an undergraduate, Jack Carter came to ESU in 1948. At the time he was an undergraduate, our KSTC Herbarium consisted of two wooden cases and the botany professor was Frank Agrelius. Mr. Agrelius taught the students to key plants straight from Gray’s Manual of Botany because it contained no helpful illustrations. Dr. Carter said that for exams “we would all sit on the ground around an unknown plant and identify it from the manual.” After earning his undergraduate degree, he stayed on to earn a Masters degree in 1954. He received his Ph.D. from Iowa State University at Ames in 1960. After graduation, he returned to Emporia State University as an instructor where he had a young TA named Bob Lonard. Dr. Carter joined the faculty at Colorado College in Colorado Springs where he taught in the Department of Biology from 1968 until he retired in 1995. He remains a professor emeritus still actively pursuing research. Dr. Carter has authored over 80 publications and three books including Trees and Shrubs of New Mexico, Trees and Shrubs of Colorado, and Common Southwestern Native Plants. In retirement, Dr. Carter, continues his research on floristics of southwest New Mexico and the Gila National Forest. He and his wife, Martha, operate Mimbres Publications, a company dedicated to publishing books on natural history and they have established a Conservation Fund, as “a means of protecting our small part of planet Earth for future generations. Conservation will be better served when all people see themselves as part of the natural world,” according to Jack L. Carter.
Illustration by Iralee Barnard
Photos by [left to right] Greg Sievert