April 27, 1928 – August 2, 2013
George C. Carpenter, III died August 2, 2013 at Hospice Kavanagh House from cancer. He was born to Helen and George C. Carpenter, Jr. in Des Moines, on April 27, 1928, and educated at Kent School, Kent, CT and Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH. He was commissioned an Ensign in the US Navy upon graduation in June 1950, and served during the Korean Conflict as the Operations Officer on a destroyer and later as commander of a US and South Korean Marine contingent holding a strategic island outpost in Wonsan Harbor, North Korea. He retired as a Commander, USNR.
His 40-year broadcast career began in 1954 at WOW-TV in Omaha, NE, followed by management positions at KCRG-TV, Cedar Rapids, IA and WHO Broadcasting Company in Des Moines, where he became Vice President and General Manager of the WHO radio and television stations and a Vice President of Palmer Broadcasting Inc. He later joined the Iowa Public Television Network as Executive Director where he retired in 1993 and is a member of the Iowa Broadcaster’s Association Hall of Fame.
George was active in the community and served as a Director and later Chairman of the Board of EMC Insurance Group, Inc., and on the boards of Valley National Bank and First Star Bank of Des Moines. He was President or Chairman of the following civic organizations: The Des Moines Symphony Association, the Des Moines Symphony Foundation, Friends of the Public Library of Des Moines, the Greater Des Moines Better Business Bureau, Greater Des Moines Retail Merchants Bureau, Orchard Place, Orchard Place Foundation, Iowa Broadcaster’s Association, and the Navy League of Iowa. He also served as a director on the boards of the Mid-Iowa Boy Scout Council, Des Moines Club, Planned Parenthood of Iowa, Red Cross of Central Iowa, Science Center of Iowa, Iowa Public Television Foundation and the Convalescent Home for Children. He was an active member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral, where he had served as Senior Warden, member of the Vestry and lay minister. He was a member of the Des Moines Rotary Club, Des Moines Embassy Club and Wakonda Club.
George is survived by his daughter, Catherine E. Carpenter (David Baker) of Evanston, IL; son, George C. Carpenter, IV (Jill Carpenter) of Laguna Niguel, CA; sisters, Nancy Hewitt and Sara Hill, both of Des Moines; six dearly loved grandchildren, Jeff, Jake and Jenny Carpenter and John, Owen and Helen Baker. He was preceded in death by his wife, Kathlyn “Katie” Carpenter in December 2012.
The family would enjoy meeting with friends at The Park Center at Southern Hills, 2929 Fox Run, Des Moines on Sunday, August 11, 2013 from 5-7:00 p.m. A Memorial Service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, August 12, 2013 at The Cathedral Church of St. Paul, 9th and High Streets in Des Moines. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Des Moines Public Library Foundation (1000 Grand Ave., DM, IA 50309), Iowa Public Television Foundation (6450 Corporate Dr., Johnston, IA 50131) or Orchard Place (925 SW Porter Ave., DM, IA 50315).
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