Herman Y. Carr, Retired Faculty, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, died on April 09, 2008. Professor Carr was a member of the Physics Department.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at the United Methodist Church of New Brunswick, 323 George Street New Brunswick, NJ,on Saturday, May 10, 2008 at 11:00 AM. The Rev. Dr. Sydney S. Sadio will officiate. Family will receive guests one hour prior to the service at the church.
Herman Yaggi Carr, Ph.D., inventor and early pioneer of nuclear magnetic resonance imaging, was born in 1924, in Alliance, OH, the son of Robert H. and Jeannette Yaggi Carr. He was a member of the Alliance High School Hall of Fame. He served in WW II in the Army Air Corps 12th Weather Squadron. He graduated summa cum laud from Harvard on a Scholarship in 1948. He earned his MS in 1949 and a Ph.D. in Physics in 1953 from Harvard. His doctoral thesis, published in 1952, described the first
techniques for using gradients in the magnetic field and is believed to be
the first example of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
Dr. Carr was a member of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Rutgers
University, where he continued his pioneering
research providing groundwork for present-day MRI. He received the Guggenheim Fellowship, where he
participated in a cooperative research program at Cornell,
Oxford, and at the University of Amsterdam.
He wrote numerous scientific publications and presentations and co-authored the introductory textbook "Physics From the Ground Up." In
2001 an anonymous donation created two Herman Y. Carr Scholarships in
Physics and Astronomy at Rutgers University. Dr. Carr became Professor
Emeritus in 1987 and was actively involved in the area of MRI studies up
until his death.
A professed pacifist he served on the National General Board of Church
and Society of the United Methodist Church and was a representative
to Russia during glasnost, promoting Christianity and world peace. He was
recognized and honored in 1995 with the Francis Asbury Award for fostering
United Methodist Ministries in Higher Education.
He was predeceased byt his wife Hilda Hagen Carr in 1986.He is survived by a daughter, Amanda Carr Sozer of Alexandria, VA; a son Robert and his wife Nancy of Amsterdam, NY; a sister, Mrs. David
(Mary Beth) McFarland of Sebring, OH; three
grandchildren; and a step-son, John Kinney of Watchung, NJ.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made
to the Urban Outreach Program of the United Methodist Church at New
Brunswick and Arbor Glen Friends Retirement Concepts, Inc., 100 Monroe
Street, Bridgewater, NJ 08807.