John Richard Carden

August 24, 1922 - April 2, 2013
John Richard Carden


John Richard Carden, Ph.D., 90, of Chapel Hill, NC, passed away on April 2, 2013 at The Davis Community in Wilmington, NC.

He was born on August 24, 1922, in Chicago, IL to the late William H & Irene Raycraft Carden.

John was a loving husband, brother and uncle, with a strong sense of humor and loved by all who knew him.

He proudly served his country in the US Army in World War II and was a member of American Legion Post 1, Paris France. Dr. Carden was a College Professor, radio newscaster and wire service news writer for the Associated Press in New York City.

In 1968 he married the love of his life, Betsy Lane Martin. After their retirement he and Betsy relocated from Brooklyn, NY to Chapel Hill and Bantry Bay, Republic of Ireland.
From there they traveled the world in search of new adventures.

He was preceded in death by his parents and wife.

He is survived by his brother Robert and wife Marie of Reading, MA and Bloomington, IL.

A graveside service will be planned for later this month in Danville, VA.

We would like to thank the staff at Davis for their kindness and caring.

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, 1535 S. 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403 910.791.9099


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  • May 16, 2015
    David Michaelson says:
    John was my dear friend from graduate school. We lost touch over the years, but I have great memories of a great man. I will miss him.

  • April 07, 2013
    Ana says:
    I am so sorry for your loss. The Bible provides comfort during these difficult times. Revelation 21:3,4…states “And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away”. Very soon now, we will never experience losing our loved ones in death. Hope these words give you a new hope.

  • April 05, 2013
    Doris Colomb says:
    Truly, a man who did it his way.

  • April 11, 2013
    Chrissy says:
    I am sorry for your loss Bob and Marie.