Rodman Dana Carter, MD

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Rodman Dana Carter, MD

April 06, 1928 - December 28, 2018

Rodman Dana Carter, MD COOPERSTOWN - Rodman Dana Carter, MD, a longtime surgeon at Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital whose career in urology spanned more than 40 years, passed away following a valiant battle with cancer Friday afternoon, Dec. 28, 2018, at his home in Cooperstown with his family by his side. He was 90.
Born April 6, 1928, in Ashtabula, Ohio, he was a son of the Rev. Edwin R. Carter, a Minister in the Congregational Church and the United Church of Christ and Lillian Herter Carter.
After graduating from high school he proudly served his country in the United States Navy.
A graduate of Harvard University, Class of 1949, he received urological and surgical training at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. At one time he worked with Dr. Virginia Apgar, the creator of the Apgar Scale for grading babies' health at birth.
In 1953, Dr. Carter arrived at the Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital where he enjoyed a long career. Board certified in general surgery and urology, he became a member of the senior staff in 1962, and until 1993 he continued teaching the house staff the art and science of surgery as the hospital grew and expanded. After he retired from Bassett and began spending winters in Palm Coast, Florida, he continued to offer his services in that area until he completely retired in 1997.
He was a member of American Legion in Florida, and was an ardent supporter of the Friends of Bassett.
Dr. Carter is survived by his wife of 60 years, Mary Imogene Newell Carter, a native of Cooperstown. They were married April 18, 1958, in a ceremony in Cromwell, Connecticut, with Dr. Carter's father officiating.
Dr. Carter is further survived by one daughter, Michelle "Micki" Weir of Granville; two granddaughters, Dana Temp of Esperance and Shawna Tierney of Bristol, Maine; four great-grandchildren, Olivia Temp and Finnegan, Liam and Angus Tierney; one sister, Caroline Wall; two sisters-in-law, Noreen Newell of Cooperstown, and Marion "Billie" Williams of Portland, Oregon; and many nieces and nephews.
A private gathering will be held later this spring.
Memorial donations may be made to Friends of Bassett, 1 Atwell Road, Cooperstown, NY 13326 or Catskill Area Hospice and Palliative Care, 297 River Street Service Road, Oneonta, NY 13820.
Arrangements are under the care and guidance of the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown.
Published on December 30, 2018
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Jo-Ann Vass
Jan 14, 2019
I remember Dr. Carter so well a great Physician and teacher. I worked with him in clinic on occasion, he had that great sense of humor that made him easy to work for. He also took extra special care of my daughter when she needed a portion of her kidney removed at age 7. That he was the surgeon made it all good. Will miss you Dr. Carter.
Carol Goddard Hanlon
Jan 12, 2019
My sincere condolences to Rod’s family. Always a smile on that talented man’s friendly face. He will be missed.
Linda Brown
Jan 01, 2019
My condolences to Dr Carter's family in their loss. He performed kidney surgery on me at Bassett at the age of 16, a high school junior, and I will never forget his kindness to this teenager. He later aswered questions and sent me a kidney model for a science project. He was, in part, a key factor in my decision to pursue a career in nursing. Thank you, Dr Carter.
Susan Meyers
Jan 01, 2019
To all the family. So sorry to hear of the passing of Dr. Carter.
Carolyn Elwell
Dec 31, 2018
Condolences to the Carter family. I worked at Bassett for many years and had the pleasure of knowing Dr. Carter and his wife.