Brattleboro - Wayne Carhart, 75, a local historian, died on March 8, 2017 at Thompson House Nursing Home from Parkinson's disease.
Carhart, a retired health administrator, moved from Manhattan to Brattleboro in 1997. As an adolescent, he spent summers in Westminster West, helping his parents' Long Island neighbors, the Schwan family, build their summer home. Later, he wished to retire to this area because it held pleasant memories.
He pursued his lifelong interest in history by becoming president of the Brattleboro Historical Society in 1998, a position he held until 2004. During his tenure, the Society published two books, acquired the Beal House from the late Larry Cooke, led the effort to restore the Canal Street School bell tower, and initiated a digitizing and indexing program for the Society's photo collection. A website soon followed.
He wrote a monthly column, accompanied by vintage photos, in the Brattleboro Reformer (August 1998–April 2004), which presented historic facts about Brattleboro's development.
In 2006, the Brattleboro Chamber of Commerce, to commemorate its 100th anniversary, published Carhart's Reformer essays in a book titled Pages in Time.
He hosted a writing group in his home for many years and wrote short stories that often focused on many human idiosyncrasies.
Carhart and Charles Fish, of Dummerston, co-authored On The Job: The Brattleboro Public Works Department, a book published in September 2009. In 2011, he published his first novel, Becoming Himself, about a boy from a blue-collar background growing up in the suburbs of Manhattan in the 1950s who had aspirations higher than his family. The book also deals with the protagonist's homosexual experiences before and after the Stonewall riots. (The book is part of the collection of the Brooks Memorial Library.)
Carhart was born on April 7, 1941. He attended Mineola public schools and graduated in 1963 from Clarkson University (Potsdam, New York). After working as an Admissions Counselor for Stony Brook University, he became Administrator of the pediatric ambulatory services for the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center. Before retiring, Carhart held positions as Director of Prison Health Services and Administrative Director of Family Court Mental Health Services for the City of New York.
At the time of Carhart's death, he was working on his memoir.
In 1989, his 20-year marriage to Jane Margales ended in divorce.
Mr. Carhart is survived by his close friend and writing partner Douglas Goertzen of Brattleboro.
Interment in the Westminster West Cemetery will take place May 20, 2017 at 3:30p p.m.
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