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Laurence A. Carton ’40

Published in Oct. 6, 2004, issue

Larry died July 1, 2004, from complications of Alzheimer's disease.

"He was the sort of person who, as boss, would consult with people rather than order them about," said his wife, Ann. "I think he was a good lawyer in the sense that he brought people together rather than always wanting litigation or disputes."

Larry prepared at Hotchkiss School, following his uncle, L.R. Carton '07, to Princeton, where he was joined by his brother, Robert W. Carton '42, and his cousin, W.P. Carton '43. He majored in history, graduating with honors, was a member of varsity crew, director of the Student-Faculty Association, chairman of the Drive Committee, and a member of Colonial Club.

During World War II, Larry was commander of a Navy minesweeper in the Pacific. He completed his law degree in 1947 at the University of Chicago, becoming a partner in the Chicago law firm of Gardner Carton & Douglas.

Larry was a trustee of various civic organizations, including Morton Arboretum and Shedd Aquarium, and a life member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Ann Schmidt Carton; daughters Mary Gregory '78, Evelyn Kurth '85, and Ellen Carton; a son, John '77, and his wife, Sally Blodget '79; brother Robert; sister Catherine Carton Smith; and six grandchildren. To them, his classmates extend their deep sympathies.

The Class of 1940

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