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A Tribute to Richard William (Bill) Gale Carter (1946-1993)

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Journal of Coastal Research 558-563 Fort Lauderdale, Florida Summer 1996 A Tribute to Richard William (Bill) Gale Carter (1946-1993 ) Gregory w. Stone Coastal Morphodynamics Laboratory Department of Geography and Anthropology Louisiana State University Baton Rouge, LA 70817, U.S.A. Born in the old coastal town of Bristol, south-west England, and raised in Portishead near the Severn estuary (Figure 1), it seemed perhaps inevitable that Bill Carter would develop an undaunted fascination and love for the coast. Indeed many days were spent playing along the shoreline at locations where Bill would return for years to come. Bill read for a bachelors degree in Geography at the Uni- versity of Wales in Aberystwyth, and graduated in 1968 win- ning the University's Prize for Geography en route. It was during his studies at Aberystwyth that his coastal bent was recognized. At a young age he was indeed influenced by the work of Clarence Kidson and Brian McCann. Bill's intellec- tual ability was recognized by the late Professor Joe Jennings at ANU Canberra whom offered him a post-graduate schol- arship. Due to health reasons, Bill declined the offer and at a later date took up an offer made by Professor Frank Old- field at the New University of Ulster, to "do something geo- morphological." Bill entered a young university situated in Coleraine, Northern Ireland, and pursued his doctorate in the multidisciplinary School of Biological and Environmental Sci- ences. Bill's doctoral dissertation was a beautiful, two-volume piece elucidating aspects of the historic evolution and mor- phodynamics of Magilligan Foreland-a late Holocene beach ridge complex along the north coast of Ireland (Plate 1). Bill would return to this site for the remainder of his life intro- ducing students to coastal processes and continuing to refine his theories on evolution and morphological maintenance of the Magilligan complex. On graduating with the doctorate in 1972, Bill joined the faculty in the Department of Environmenta

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