In Memoriam – Professor Emeritus Robert F. Carey, retired from RIC in 2009


Robert Carey
Robert F. Carey of North Kingstown, RIC professor emeritus of elementary education, died unexpectedly on Jan. 26. He was 64.

He was a longtime director of the Center for Evaluation and Research at the college.

A respected authority on reading research, he co-authored books, wrote many articles and frequently lectured at conferences. He was selected as keynote speaker at the SUNY-Albany Conference on Assessment and at the University of Maine’s Spring Education Conference.

In 1983, he was elected president of the Psycholinguistic-Sociolinguistic Special Interest Group, International Reading Association. In 1993, he addressed the national conference of he Education Writers’ Association in Boston on “Interpreting Educational Inquiry.”

Robert Carey also served on many committees, commissions and boards on reading during his career.

He taught in Lincoln (R.I.) public schools from 1970-77 and was an instructor at the University of Connecticut (1974-78) and Brown University (1977-78). He served as an assistant professor at the University of Rhode Island (1980-81) and at Indiana University (1978-80, 1981-83) before coming to RIC in November 1983.

Robert Carey received a PhD from the University of Connecticut, and an MAT and BA from RIC.

He is survived by his wife, two daughters and four grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held on Feb. 4 at the Cranston-Murphy Funeral Home, 140 W. Main Street, Wickford, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in Robert Carey's memory may be made to Rhode Island College.