Peter E. Carter, noted educator, author

May 23, 2023

Peter Ewart Carter, born May 24, 1944, in Trinidad, British West Indies, son of Bernice Mildred Camilla Carter, passed away Monday, May 8, 2023, while visiting with family in Las Vegas, Nev.

A graduate of Regis High School in Brooklyn, N.Y., Fordham University with a bachelor’s degree in classical languages, and Hofstra University with a master’s degree in educational administration, Peter E. Carter labored in the vineyards of both private and public school education from 1965, when he began as a teacher of Latin and English at Nazareth Regional High School in Brooklyn. Peter enjoyed each one of his positions to the fullest as he traveled across New York, Delaware and New Jersey enriching the lives of the K-12 student population until his retirement in 2004 as superintendent of schools in suburban Ringwood, N.J.

After retirement, he continued to be called upon to lend his expertise in education in interim superintendent roles, volunteering in local elementary schools, and serving as an expert witness/consultant for several New Jersey law firms. Peter had also been busy serving in local leadership positions, which included two homeowner association boards, and most recently the boards of Delaware Botanic Gardens and Cape Henlopen Educational Foundation. His passion for literature and writing was enhanced by his published articles in his local newspaper, the Cape Gazette, based in Lewes; his 2020 autobiography, “A Black First,” and his 2021 sequel, “A Black First: The Blackness Continues...,” where he shared the trials and tribulations of his 36-year working career and retirement life in education.

During his formal career and retirement, Peter was the recipient of numerous awards for distinguished service in his chosen field as a school educational leader. The most recent was the Catherine McAuley Spirit of Mercy Award from Cristo Rey Brooklyn High School, bestowed posthumously on May 9.

He is survived by his daughter, Elizabeth Carter; son, Peter Carter (Sandra); grandchildren, Alicia and Olivia Carter; and close friends, schoolmates, students, mentees, and those who learned from him in formal and informal classrooms.

His celebration of life will be held Wednesday, May 24, at the McCourt & Trudden Funeral Home, 385 Main St., Farmingdale, N.Y., with viewing wake service from 10 a.m. to noon, and Celebration of Life from 12 to 1 p.m. Burial will immediately follow at 1:30 p.m. at St. Charles Cemetery, 2015 Wellwood Ave., Farmingdale.

Those who are unable to attend the service may view the livestream at, which begins at 11:45 a.m. and ends at 1 p.m.

The Delaware Celebration of Life will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at Fish On restaurant in the Villages of Five Points, Lewes, with people having the opportunity to share memories of Peter and view the livestream at 11:45 a.m.
To honor Peter, in lieu of flowers please send donations to: Cristo Rey Brooklyn High School,, under donation designation, select "In memory of Peter Carter"; or Delaware Botanic Gardens,


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