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In Memory of Dr. Charles W. Carter

Dr. Charles (Charlie) William Carter dedicated over 30 years to the environmental laboratory business and community. Considered a highly respected environmental testing genius, he was brilliant and had relentless energy, work ethic, and passion for advancing the environmental testing industry by providing critical scientific expertise and support. Charlie was deeply involved in many environmental organizations and was a frequent speaker at conferences, forums, and meetings.  Charlie Carter, TestAmerica’s Chief Technical Officer, passed away after a brief illness on February 12th, 2015.

TestAmerica Chairman and CEO, Rachel Brydon Jannetta, said: “Charlie’s brilliance, relentless work ethic, and passion were the source of amazing energy and innovations that enriched not only our firm and our clients, but the testing Industry at large. The Industry is immeasurably better because of Charlie.”

“Charlie was deeply respected by all who knew him, both in the company and across the environmental Industry. He will be remembered for his radiance, his sense of humor, his humanity, his supreme competence and problem-solving ability.”

Charlie was heavily involved in Industry organizations and professional societies and was a frequent speaker on technical and policy topics. Challenges that Dr. Carter helped the Industry solve included private sector analysis of radioactive waste, Department of Defense quality assurance protocols, electronic data delivery protocols, environmental laboratory data integrity, homeland security, and national laboratory accreditation. Dr. Carter served on the Board of the Environmental Sciences Section of the American Council of Independent Laboratories (ACIL), and he was the past chair for both the Environmental Sciences Section, and ACIL Data Integrity Committee.

The National Environmental Monitoring Conference (NEMC) established the Dr. Charlie W. Carter Award to recognize a technically competent individual and leader in the environmental measurement, monitoring, or laboratory industry, embodying Charlie’s strengths in scientific expertise, communication and mentoring.  Dr. Richard Burrows of TestAmerica was presented the 2016 NEMC Dr. Charlie W. Carter Award and recognized for his contributions at the 2016 NEMC Symposium on Aug 8-12, 2016 in Orange County, CA.