John Carter

Dr John Mervyn Carter, who died on 8 March 2010 aged 67, was a technical strategy, design and planning consultant to one of IBM’s major software products and later an administrator and board member for the English Bridge Union.

John Carter was born on 6 December 1942 in Staines, Middlesex. John won a place at University College of North Wales and gained a BSC in Physics and Mathematics in Autumn 1964, and then a PhD in Theoretical Physics in 1967.

In his working life, John had over 15 years of management experience at IBM, working as Customer Advocate for one of IBM’s largest clients, Wal*Mart. He was also Development Manager in many of IBM’s major software products. In later years he was a technical strategy, design and planning consultant to one of IBM’s major software products.

In his private life John took a great interest in the card game bridge, and from 1985 until recently he was the Hampshire and Isle of Wight delegate to the EBU council. He was also chairman of the local county bridge association twice from 1987 – 1992 and from 2005 until this year. At the English Bridge Union he was Board member from 1992 – 2000, 2001 – 2002, and 2004 until his death.

The English Bridge Union is currently heading towards Universal Membership from 1 April 2010 and John had been heavily involved in a number of the development projects, especially as a member of the Universal Membership Project Board and leader of the National Grading Scheme Project. His great work in these projects will be seen for many years to come.

Matt Betts