Sept. 9, 1951 - June 15, 2021
Roger Jordan Carr, Jr. was born September, 9, 1951 in Fort Monroe, Virginia. He died at his home in Fitchburg, Mass. on June 15, 2021, after a long battle with Multiple Sclerosis and Cancer.
Roger graduated from the University of Maine, Orono with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He was hired by General Electric right after graduation, and worked as an engineer and manager there for 25 years. He was awarded the Young Engineer of the Year Award in 1980, The GE Power Generation Award in 1992, and holds two brush seal patents, as well as a Department of Defense “Secret” Clearance for his work on many naval submarine projects including the SSN-21 Seawolf submarine.
He was married to his wife, Judith, for 48 years, and is perhaps best known as the father of the first in-vitro (IVF) baby in the United States, Elizabeth Carr. Nearly 40 years ago, Roger and Judy tried the then controversial technology and were the first successful couple in the United States, paving the way for more than 8 million IVF births worldwide since Elizabeth’s birth in December of 1981. In 2002, the national infertility group RESOLVE, awarded Roger with the prestigious “Founders Award,” for his contribution to the fight against infertility.
Roger served as a trustee at The First Congregational Church of Westminster for many years, as well as a coach for Odyssey of the Mind, and was a Six Sigma Black Belt. He was also a member of the Westminster Lions Club, and served as the President of the Board of Trustees at the Sawmill Pond Condo Association.
Roger leaves his wife, Judith of Fitchburg, their daughter, Elizabeth Carr and her husband, Alan Scherer and grandson Trevor Comeau of Swanzey, New Hampshire; sister Linda Caccamise of Delaware, sister Joyce Hallisey of Massachusetts, and brother Robert Carr, of Delaware, as well as many nieces, nephews, and extended family.
A memorial service will be held at The First Congregational Church of Westminster on June 26, at 11 am.
In lieu of flowers, contributions are welcome to be made in memory of Roger J. Carr Jr., to the UMaine Foundation: https://umainefoundation.org/about-the-foundation/memorial/
John F. Masciarelli and James M. Hebert, Funeral Directors.
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