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Carpenter leaves behind legacy of education, generosity

The Lyon College community is saddened by the news of Rev. Dr. Thomas Carpenter’s passing.

Carpenter was the former director of education at Lyon College. He died on Jan. 19. He was 75. 

“Tom kept his students close to his heart,” said Dr. Terrell Tebbetts, Martha Heasley Cox Chair in American Literature.

Most recently, Carpenter served as the Director of the School of Education and Professor of Education for St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa.

A post from his daughter, Janice, says that Carpenter was many things to many people: a lifelong educator, a community leader, a courageous ally for the marginalized and for people of color, a loving husband, a devoted father and grandfather, and a man of God.

The post says Carpenter’s generosity “was the strongest of the threads that wove together those pieces of his life.” He was sincerely and deeply giving of deed and spirit. Everyone who crossed paths with Carpenter was gifted with some piece of himself, it says.