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Maurice Kilner Carr
1/22/2009

ST. LOUIS-Maurice Kilner Carr, 91, died Jan. 9, 2009, in St. Anthony’s Medical Center, St. Louis, Mo, after a brief illness.

Mr. Carr was born June 16, 1917, in Rodgers Park (Chicago), Ill., the son of Maurice Leroy and Louise Millicent (Kilner) Carr. He was reared in Avon, Ill. He married Cecelia Francis Harmon Oct. 23, 1943. She preceded him in death April 5, 1984. Feb. 10, 1990, he married Kathleen Crump, who still resides in St. Louis.

He is survived by his brother Richard (Nevada) Carr, Traverse City, Mich.; sons, Maurice Francis (Mary Maud) Carr, Bunkie, La. James (Judy) Carr, Denver, Colo., John (Nancy) Carr, St. Joseph, Mich., Michael (Christine) Carr, Avon Lake, Ohio; daughters, Mary Louise Carr, Barcelona, Spain, Susan (Ron) Bower, Ann Arbor, Mich., Patricia Gunnis, Ann Arbor, Mich.; 20 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

He attended the University of Illinois where he was a member of Eta Kappa Nu, an electrical engineering honor society founded by his father.

He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering in 1939. After graduation, Maurice worked as an engineer for the American Optical Corporation in Buffalo, N.Y., until joining the U.S. Army at the start of World War II in 1942. After discharge from the army in 1946, he and his family moved to Ann Arbor, Mich., where he served as Chief Engineer for Argus Cameras.

Considered an expert in optical design and optical engineering, he founded his own engineering consulting firm, ClanCarr Development, in Ann Arbor in 1977. He retired in 1998 and moved with his wife, Kathleen, to St. Louis.

During his years in Ann Arbor, he was particularly proud of working with the Southeastern Michigan Science Fair, an annual event featuring science and engineering exhibits by junior and senior high school students throughout the southeastern Michigan area. He served as a judge and supervisor of judges, as well as director of the Science Fair in 1981. He was involved with the Science Fair over 23 years.

Mr. Carr was also active in St. Thomas the Apostle parish, where he served as Parish Council member and President. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus.

Services were held Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009, at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Ann Arbor, Mich. Internment was in St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Memorials may be made to Heifer International, 1 World Avenue, Little Rock, AR 72202.

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