Georgetown Law Mourns the Loss of Professor Barry E. Carter

Professor Barry CarterDear Georgetown Law community, 

I am deeply sorry to share the sad news that Professor Barry E. Carter passed away on the evening of January 15, 2014.

Barry represented the very best of our faculty, and he will be sorely missed. He dedicated his life in the law to public service, both through his government career and his commitment to our students. His legacy will live on at the Law Center, where he played a critical role in helping us grow into an institution known for its expertise in international law. 

Barry touched the lives of countless students. Those lucky enough to enroll in one of his international law courses had much to gain from his years of real world experience. As many of you know, he first joined the faculty in 1979, after serving as an Army lieutenant, a program analyst at the Pentagon, and a member of Dr. Henry Kissinger's National Security Council staff, among other endeavors. He returned to government service in 1993 as acting undersecretary and then deputy under secretary of the Department of Commerce for export administration, a position charged with administering and enforcing trade and nonproliferation laws. He was the director of Georgetown Law's Center on Transnational Business and the Law. He was also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the American Society of International Law and the St. Albans Tennis Club. 

He lives on through his impressive written works as well, including his highly regarded book,International Economic Sanctions: Improving the Haphazard U.S. Legal Regime, which won the American Society of International Law award for outstanding new book in international law, and the leading casebook, International Law, now in its 6th edition. 

Barry was born in Los Angeles on October 14, 1942 to Byron and Ethel Carter.  He is survived by his wife, Kathleen A. Ambrose, his children, Gregory Ambrose Carter of New Orleans and Meghan Elisabeth Carter of Mission, Texas, and his brother, Michael Carter of San Francisco, as well as a large extended family of in-laws and nieces and nephews.  I know you will join me in keeping all of Barry's loved ones in your thoughts and prayers.

A memorial page for Barry is available here:

Memorial Service Details

Barry will be buried Friday, January 17 at Oak Hill Cemetery, which is located at 30th and R, NW. The Law Center will provide two buses for those who would like a ride to the cemetery. The buses hold 30 each and will be at the 2nd Street side of McDonough Hall at noon. Seat availability on the bus will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

There will also be a memorial service at the St. Albans Parish Church, 3001 Wisconsin Avenue, Saturday, January 18 at 11:00 a.m. 

We will arrange for a memorial service at the Law Center at a later date.

The family asks that, in lieu of flowers, a donation in Barry's memory be made by clicking here.


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