John Herbert Carman Jr. died peacefully on June 24 in his Mount Desert home, under hospice care and surrounded by family. He formerly resided in New Brunswick and Highland Park, N.J.
Herb was the firstborn son of the late John H. Carman Sr. and Lillian E. Twyman Carman. Born on Feb. 5, 1937, in New Brunswick, N.J., he grew up in New Brunswick with his six brothers and one sister.
Educated in the New Brunswick Public School system, Herb went on to receive a Bachelor in Business Administration from Rutgers University in 1960 and a postgraduate Elementary Teaching Certificate from Trenton State College in 1965. He taught eighth grade math for 37 years in the New Brunswick School system and later continued to teach in the Mount Desert School system.
In 1979, during his career as a teacher, he married Linda Kyle. He leaves to cherish his memory his wife of 39 years, Linda Carman, two children Mary Beth Montoya (Luke) and Gregory Stephens (Jodi), five grandchildren, three brothers James M. (Yvonne), Robert W. and Edwin G. (Pamela) and his sister Carolyn L. Blackwell (Bernie), as well as a host of other family members and friends.
We remember Herb as a loving, dignified man who was a beloved teacher and baseball coach at St. Peter’s CYO, St. Mary’s CYO, the New Brunswick Little League and New Brunswick Babe Ruth League, as well as the coordinator of summer playgrounds for the New Brunswick Recreation Department.
Among his many involvements he participated as a member of Kirkpatrick Chapel committee, 1981-1985, member of the St. Michaels committee, 1981-1983, treasurer, 1981-1998, member of the board of trustees executive committee, 2000-2001 and co-chair of Rutgers University Friends of the Geology Museum since 1995.
A veteran of the United States Army, Herb was also active in the Procter Foundation since 1992, a member of the New Jersey Education Association, the Middlesex County Education Association, the New Brunswick Education Association, St. Peter’s Athletic Association, Rutgers College Alumni Association (correspondence secretary, vice president, president elect, 1992-1985, president, 1985-1986, Phonothon All Star Team, 1991-1997, Hall of Fame, 1997.
In 1977, Herb was honored to receive the Loyal Son of Rutgers Award earned by officers of the alumni association for extraordinary service to their alma mater. In 1986, Herb was unanimously elected as an alumni member of the Board of Trustees of Rutgers University from 1986-1992 and Charter Trustee 1996-2002. Herb was elected Trustee Emeritus Rutgers University from 2002.
In addition to his parents, Herb was predeceased by three brothers, Lewis A. Carman, Frederick T. Carman and Noel S. Carman.
Herb and his family have a very special bond with Rutgers Athletics. Their love of athletics led them years ago to endow an athletics scholarship, the J. Herbert Carman, Jr. Endowed Athletic Scholarship. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the R Fund at Rutgers University, 7 College Ave., Winants Hall, New Brunswick, N.J. 08901 or Beacon Hospice ℅ Amedisys Foundation, 289 State St., Bangor, ME 04401 in his memory.
A celebration of Herb’s life will be held on Tuesday, July 11, 2017, at 10 a.m., St Saviour’s Parish, 41 Mount Desert St., Bar Harbor, ME 04609, (207) 288-4215
Arrangements by Jordan-Fernald, 1139 Main St., Mount Desert. Condolences may be expressed at www.jordanfernald.com.