December 22, 1938 ~ July 2, 2015
Carol Northcutt was born December 22, 1938 on Shelter Island, New York and passed from this life on July 2, 2015.
Carol Graduated from Shelter Island High School in 1957. She graduated from Southhampton School of Nursing in 1960. Carol worked for 20 years in both Med/Surgery Nursing as well as psychiatry. She was an activist in Senator Ted Turner’s campaign for Senator. She was also very active in Ann Richards campaign for Governor. She supported and helped Allen Hightower to be elected as well.
Carol worked at a Veterans Administration Hospital in Texas for several years. While there, a research project was needed and would be greatly appreciated. Carol knew that a research project represented huge amounts of time, hours, etc., in the library, but the challenge was just too savory and of course she did it!
At that time, in the V.A., to consider your research project completed, you had to teach it to your peer group professionals. And so, Marijane, her sweet angel became a captive audience. Her little eyes glazing over as Carol desperately tried time and again, with the kitchen timer clicking loudly, to get the lecture cut to the proper time. It finally came together for her and thank goodness it did because it helped her achieve her intermediate grade step, no small thing for a single mom. It was a huge boost to her morale that she carried with her for the rest of her career.
But best of all, for Carol, she was able to mentor two other nurses who were working toward getting their Masters Degree in Nursing by using the knowledge and the techniques in patient care (result of her research) thereby enhancing and elevating the standard of patient care that such knowledge and skill demands, and Carol believes that this is the only reason for any of these research efforts.
Carol was a volunteer at the Waco Rape Crisis Center and is a charter member of Citizens Against Sexual Assault (CASA).
Carol developed and directed a new drug and alcohol program for Mainland City Hospital of Texas City, Texas. It was judged a success and had an 84% recovery rate after two years.
Carol worked for 13 years in a maximum security prison. While there she realized there was no way for employees to be tested for tuberculosis should there be an occupational exposure, so she took it upon herself to do it and rallied for a bill to mandate this. It was the most popular ad successful bill of that Legislative Session. Many of the senators wanted to introduce it, but Carol chose Ted Turner and through Senator Turner, she met Governor George Bush, soon to be President. All Texas State Workers are now protected under this bill.
Carol loved antiquing and reading. She also loved history. To her they often went hand in hand. But Carol wants you all to know that she is glad that the Lord allows for second chances for she surely needed one and is grateful that she was allowed that. Carol was a great believer in second chances, believing that we all seem to need one sooner or later! She believed that it’s a wonderful feeling to be able to help another person have their own “Second Chance”. She lived happily, knowing that she had done this.
In her own words:
I had the privilege to help another have their dream. That is special.”
Carol leaves behind her mother, her brother, Dr. William McManus, a son Jay Card, of whom she is very proud. Jay and his wife Judy have three children: Michelle, Jake and Tommy and step-children, Alfred and Karen and their two children and Charmagne Parks and her two children…
However, it is Marijane Card who was her angel, caregiver, advocate and hero. In Carol’s words:
“Marijane deserves only the best for that is what she gave. She is a truly sweet spirit, the world is able to respect humanity because such lovely souls exist.”