David N. Carson ’73

David N. Carson ’73 died April 15, 2012, in Poland, Ohio.

He was born in Youngstown, Ohio, on December 23, 1950, and prepared for college at the Kiski School in Saltsburg, Pa., where he was captain of the swim team and a member of the Kiski Glee Club. He studied at Bowdoin for one year, a member of Alpha Delta Phi fraternity, and then at Goddard College and Youngstown University.

He went on to join The Brotherhood of the Spirit, a commune in western Massachusetts (later known as the Renaissance Community), where he became chief baker of the group’s On The Rise Bakery. He also began a paving company there. In 1976, he moved to Maui and worked in construction, painted houses, and served as a tour guide. Two years later, he returned to Youngstown to work for City Asphalt and Paving Co., a company founded by his grandfather. He started as a shoveler and eventually ran the company. He served as president of the Ohio Contractors Association.

He enjoyed fly-fishing, sailing, racing cars and trucks, skeet shooting, swimming, and golf, and in 1993 shot a hole-in-one at the Youngstown Country Club. An active member of U.S. Masters Swimming, he earned All-American Honors in butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, and freestyle in regional and national competitions. After a kidney transplant in 2003, he became active in the Transplant Olympics and won numerous gold medals in swimming and bronze medals in cycling. He was a member of the Youngstown Skeet Association, the Mahoning Valley Trap League, the Pine Lake Trout Club, and the Ashtabula Yacht Club.

He served as co-moderator of the Deacons of the First Presbyterian Church, and participated in the “Feeding of the 500,” which provides Thanksgiving Dinner for more than 500 people. He also established the nonprofit Community Resource Foundation to raise money for the former commune members in need. He participated in the Tod Children’s Hospital Telethon and helped start and run Tod’s “Making Miracles” Golf Outing at the Youngstown Country Club.

He is survived by Ingrid Lundquist Carson, his wife of 26 years; two daughters, Lindgren and Britta; and two sons, Dylan and Ozbourne. He was predeceased by a brother, Matthew, and a sister, Patricia Anne.

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