Visionary Society member, MSU Alumnus Nelson Carpenter dies

Nelson Carpenter

Nelson Carpenter (54), 85, passed away in his hometown of Maysville on July 1, 2017. 

Carpenter graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English in 1954. After a two-year tour of duty with the U.S. Army in Korea, he earned a Master of Arts at the University of Mississippi in 1961. Between his graduation year and 1971, Carpenter participated in summer theatre with organizations in North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Florida and Arkansas and completed graduate-level work at Columbia University, Florida State University and the Harvard Institute in Arts Administration. 

His first teaching job brought him back to Maysville in 1959, where he taught eighth grade English and history at the Woodleigh School. He spent the majority of his career as a college instructor of speech and drama in Georgia, beginning at West Georgia College in Carrollton from 1962-69. He then served two decades at Middle Georgia College in Cochran, where he produced 49 theatrical productions before he retired in 1988. After his retirement, he taught part-time for 10 years as a speech instructor for Maysville Community College. 

Through the MSU Visionary Society, Carpenter committed his estate to fund scholarships for MSU theatre students. 

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