Edward W. Carter

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Edward W. Carter
Born (1911-06-29)June 29, 1911
Cumberland, Maryland, United States
Died April 1996
Bel Air, Los Angeles, California, United States
Cause of death
Pancreatic cancer
Alma mater University of California, Los Angeles
Occupation Businessman, philanthropist, art collector

Edward W. Carter (June 29, 1911 – April 1996) was an American businessman, philanthropist and art collector. He served as the President of Broadway Stores, Chair of the University of California Board of Regents, and owner of the Hannah Carter Japanese Garden.


Early life[edit]

He was born on June 29, 1911 in Cumberland, Maryland.[1][2][3][4] His father died when he was nine years old, and he moved to Los Angeles, California shortly after with his mother, Rose Price Carter, and sister, Ruth.[2] He attended the Hollywood High School, and he worked through his school and college.[1][2][4] He graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and received a Master's in Business Administration from the Harvard Business School.[3][4] After his M.B.A., he was offered to teach at Harvard, but he refused to focus on his business career.[2]


In 1945, he served as an executive of Broadway Stores, later endowed with 150 stores and sales of $7.5 billion a year.[2][4] After the Second World War, he opened new stores on American freeways to expand his customer base.[2] In 1946, his Crenshaw Center on the outskirts of Los Angeles was one of the first shopping centers in the United States.[2][4] He sold some stocks to Hale Brothers & Co. and by 1950 the two companies merged.[1][2] Their stores included The Emporium, Neiman Marcus, Waldenbooks and Bergdorf Goodman.[2][3] He served on the Boards of Directors of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, the California Retailers Association, the Los Angeles branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, the Northrop Aircraft Corp. and the California Bank.[1]


He was one of the co-founders of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and the Los Angeles Music Center.[1][2][5] A world-renowned collector of Dutch Golden Age paintings, he donated fifty of them to the LACMA.[1][2] He also donated the Hannah Carter Japanese Garden to his alma mater, UCLA.[1][2] He supported the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the San Francisco Opera.[5]

He served on the Regents of the University of California from 1952 to 1988, and of Occidental College.[1][2]

Personal life[edit]

He resided in Bel Air, Los Angeles.[1][2] He was married twice. His first wife, Christine Dailey Carter, died during his lifetime.[2] They had a son, William Carter, and a daughter, Ann Carter Huneke.[2] He remarried to Hannah Carter, who competed on the United States Ski Team in the 1936 Summer Olympics.[1][2] He died of pancreatic cancer in Bel Air in April 1996, and his memorial service was at the St. Alban's Episcopal Church in Westwood, Los Angeles.[1][2]