Richard Carden ’55

Richard Carden ’55 died June 29, 2014, in Rumney, N.H., six days after suffering a massive stroke. He was born in Boston on December 20, 1932, and graduated from Milton Academy. He joined the Army in 1953 and was rated as a sharpshooter by the time he was discharged as a corporal in 1955. He graduated from Bowdoin in 1958, majoring in physics and minoring in sociology. He went on to earn a master’s in sociology at the University of New Hampshire in 1964 and a master’s in engineering science in 1978 from Clarkson College of Technology. He also studied physics for a year at Texas A&M University. Much of his life was spent teaching. He started at Kimball Union Academy, moved to New Hampton School, the taught for 22 years at Paul Smith’s College in upstate New York, where he also developed and installed an energy management system. After one more year teaching, at Fulton-Montgomery Community College, he joined Spectra, Inc., as a senior technician, where he was granted a patent for the invention of a rolling ball valve to be used in a newly designed inkjet printer. He also enjoyed building things, including an award-winning archery bow, a canoe from scratch, a classical guitar, a lap harp and two large, low-cost, energy-efficient homes. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Marcia Cummings Carden; son Jeffrey Carden; daughter Diane Carden, and brother George Carden.

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