Remembering ASU benefactor Nadine Carson

 <font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal"><font face="Times New Roman" size="3">Throughout her life, Nadine Carson personified a spirit of giving. </font></p><separator></separator><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal">&#160;</p><separator></separator><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal"><font face="Times New Roman" size="3">Whether it was her habit of remembering hundreds of birthdays with cards she sent each year or contributing to her favorite causes, she was always there to lend a helping hand. </font></p><separator></separator><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p><separator></separator><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal"><font face="Times New Roman" size="3">Nadine Carson passed away recently after a long battle with cancer. </font></p><separator></separator><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p><separator></separator><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal"><font face="Times New Roman" size="3">Yet her legacy lives on, especially at ASU, where she and her husband, Edward, were involved in several projects that benefited the university. </font></p><separator></separator><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p><separator></separator><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal"><font size="3"></font></p><separator></separator><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal"><font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman"><span>The Carsons supported ASU projects such as the restoration of Old Main, the Edward and Nadine Carson Presidential Chair held by College of Liberal Arts and Sciences faculty member Stuart Lindsay, and the Ed and Nadine Carson Student-Athlete Center in Intercollegiate Athletics.</span><span> </span></font></font></p><separator></separator><p><span><font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman">T</font></font></span><span><font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman">he athletic center that the couple helped establish is a reflection of Carson’s passion for educational growth and scholarship. With facilities such as the Office for Student-Athlete Development within the center, student-athletes at ASU are able to take advantage of services such as academic counseling, tutoring and mentoring, says Lisa Love, ASU’s vice president for university athletics.</font></font></span><span><font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman">“It’s one of the largest and finest facilities in the United States,” Love says. </font></font></span></p><separator></separator><p><span><font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman">Don Bocchi, ASU senior associate athletic director, says the couple has been unwavering ASU supporters. </font></font></span><span><font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman">“They were, and have been, a constant in their support and their passion for this place,” he says. </font></font></span><font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman"><span>Carson</span><span> also was someone who put her best into any project she was involved with, and she did it with dignity, Bocchi says, adding: “She was an absolute inspiration.”</span></font></font></p><separator></separator><p><span><font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman">Love enjoyed sharing most ASU football games with the Carsons during the 2005 and 2006 seasons. “This is a very difficult loss,” she says. </font></font></span></p><separator></separator><p><span><font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman">The Carsons also were instrumental in restoring Old Main on the Tempe campus, where the Carson Ballroom serves as a legacy to the couple.</font></font></span></p><separator></separator><p><font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman"><span>“That is the centerpiece of the building where everything from weddings to conferences are held,” says Christine Wilkinson, ASU </span><span class="attributevalue"><span style="color: #333333">senior vice president and president of the Alumni Association. </span></span></font></font></p><separator></separator><p><font size="3"></font><font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman"><span>Edward and Nadine Carson attended ASU, where they met on the steps of Old Main. Edward graduated in 1951 and began a career with First Interstate Bancorp as a teller. He eventually became chief executive officer of Bancorp. The couple married </span><span style="color: black">Dec. 13, 1952. </span><span>Nadine graduated in 1953 with a degree in home economics and served throughout her life as a community volunteer and philanthropist.</span></font></font></p><separator></separator><p><span><font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman">“Nadine Carson’s enthusiasm for everything and everyone around her was contagious,” Wilkinson says. “ASU was no exception. Along with her husband, Ed, Nadine’s dedication and investment in her alma mater are a living legacy of that spirit.”</font></font></span></p><separator></separator><p><span><font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman">A reflection of her legacy continues through the Edward and Nadine Carson Presidential Chair in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, lending support to Stuart Lindsay’s work in single molecule biophysics that aids endeavors such as finding ways to sequence DNA more rapidly for better medical care. </font></font></span><font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman"><span>“</span><span>Edward and Nadine Carson have been devoted supporters of ASU, and we lose a great friend in Nadine Carson,” Lindsay says. </span></font></font></p><separator></separator><p><font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman"><span>Carson</span><span> also served with the ASU Sun Angel Foundation Board, the ASU Campaign for Leadership, Phoenix Children’s Theatre, Phoenix Symphony, Phoenix Art Museum, Homes for Emotionally Troubled Children and Teens, Les Dames for the Smithsonian, Camp Fire Regional Council Board, Arizona Cancer Center, Council of the Children’s Burn Foundation and the Los Angeles Child Guidance Clinic Auxiliary. </span></font></font><font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman"><span>She worked with the Achievement Rewards for College Scientists to raise scholarship funds on the local and national level for academically outstanding college scientists studying in the fields of natural science, medicine and engineering. She was awarded an honorary doctorate from ASU in 2000 and was the<strong> </strong>2006 </span><span>recipient of the ASU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame Award.</span></font></font></p><separator></separator><p><span style="color: black"><font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman">Carson is survived by her husband of 54 years, Edward; daughter, Dawn Marie, and son-in-law, Erston Senger; grandchildren Katie Marie and Eddie Masters; son, Tod; sister and brother-in-law, Janet and Martyn H. Stowe, and their family; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Herbert and Earline Aguayo, and their family; and sister-in-law, Lucille Allen, and her family. </font></font></span></p><separator></separator><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt" class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: black"><font face="Times New Roman" size="3">Services were held Oct. 3 at First United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to: Nadine Carson Leadership Scholarship, ASU Foundation, P.O. Box 2260, Tempe, AZ 85280-2260, or ARCS Foundation Inc. Phoenix Chapter, 3104 E. Camelback Road, PMB 374, Phoenix, AZ 85016 Nadine Carson Memorial Fund.</font></span></p><separator></separator><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font></p>