Dr. William Carr
My name is William “David” Carr. I was born in Houston, Mississippi. My father was a soldier in the United States Army until my freshman year in high school. He retired from the service in 1964, and we moved from Williamsburg, Virginia, to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where he completed his master’s degree in political science at Louisiana State University. Following his graduation, we moved to Russellville, Arkansas, where he taught political science at Arkansas Tech University. He fought in World War II and was a veteran of the Battle of the Bulge. He was a hero both to me and to his country. My mother was a mom. She was also a part of “The Greatest Generation” and she served under “Rosie” as one of her riveters. She was not only the best mom in the world but also the best cook in the country. She won more purple hearts as a mom than my dad did as a soldier (and that was a lot).
I graduated from Russellville High School in 1967, and Arkansas Tech University (ATU) in 1971. While an undergraduate at ATU, I was a teaching assistant in biology. After graduation, I attended the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas, where I was a graduate teaching assistant in biology. In 1974, I received my master’s degree in zoology (parasitology) and began work on my Ph.D. My life-goal at the time was to teach biology on a college level.
After one year as a Ph.D. candidate, I dropped out of graduate school to attend the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, Arkansas. I graduated with my MD degree in 1976. I moved to Orlando, Florida, where I completed a residency in pediatrics at Orlando Regional Medical Center. I opened my own practice in 1980, and I have been a practicing pediatrician ever since. But, I never lost my desire to teach college-level biology.
When I became aware of a job opening as an adjunct professor in biology at Valencia College last May, I applied for the job and here I am. Welcome to my class.
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