Posted March 17, 1999
John P. Carter, a professor emeritus at the Haas School of Business who specialized in finance and transportation management, died of congestive heart failure March 3 after a long illness. He was 84.
Carter joined the Haas faculty in 1948, serving as a member of the finance, business and public policy groups. He retired in 1978, returning on several occasions to teach at the business school.
He was remembered by colleagues as a patient and diligent teacher with a broad range of research interests.
Carter earned his PhD in economics from Berkeley and his undergraduate degree from Columbia University.
In the early '60s, Carter taught at the University of Indonesia, Jakarta, as part of the advanced economics training program and at Aix-Marseille, France. He was also a visiting lecturer at universities in France, Libya, Spain and Tunisia. Carter also served as a consultant or an expert witness in anti-trust, valuation and regulatory cases.
After he retired, Carter moved to Sonoma, where his interest in transportation took a new twist. Carter installed railroad tracks in the backyard of his home and hired a crane to lift a caboose over his garage and onto the tracks. The caboose --which became the talk of the town -- was alternatively used as the family's guest house and home office.
"The caboose was of great interest in the Sonoma area," said Michael Conant, professor emeritus of Haas. "He was interested in all areas of transportation, including railroads."