Captain Frederick W. Carr graduated from West Lebanon High School and attended the University of New Hampshire. His college education was interrupted from September 1942 to October 1945 when he joined the military to serve his country. He returned to UNH after the war and earned his bachelor’s degree in 1947 and later his master’s degree.
When he left the University to serve, he joined the U.S. Army Air Corps for pilot training. Captain Carr became part of the 8th Army Air Force, 489th Bomber Group and the 846th Squadron flying out of England. His plane, a B-24 Liberator, was shot down on its 18th mission in June of 1944, near Gisors in the Eure Province of France. While being harbored by the French Underground in Etrepagney, France and with false identification papers, he worked as a chemist in the laboratory of E.J. Hugel, who was also the mayor of the town and a leader of the underground system. In an escape attempt, Captain Carr was captured by the Gestapo and sent to Fresnes Prison in Paris. This was followed by a four-month stay in the Buchenwald Concentration Camp, before he was released to Stalag Luft III in Poland. With other prisoners, he walked 500 miles to be liberated by General George Patton Jr. in Munich, Germany in April 1945. He later testified at the Nuremburg Trials.
After the war and completing his undergraduate work at UNH, Frederick Carr became a teacher at Robinson Female Seminary in Exeter, NH. From 1947 to 1950, he instructed there while coaching football and basketball at Exeter High School during the same period. He was assistant principal at Robinson Female Seminary, from 1950-1955, and at Exeter High School from 1955-1956. While serving as an assistant principal, he also coached intramural and junior varsity basketball at Phillips Exeter Academy. He was principal at Colebrook Academy from 1956 to 1960, and principal of Stevens High School, Claremont, from 1960 to 1982.
Frederick Carr was an outstanding principal. He was at the helm of Stevens when it was considered one of the top five high schools in the state. By teachers and fellow principals, he was respected as an excellent administrator, a very strong people person, and a leader. He had tremendous warmth and love for faculty and students. He was a strong advocate for education and the community looked at him as a stalwart for the educational system. Anything to do with students, whether it was a school play or an athletic event, he enjoyed watching. He enjoyed the outdoors, reading, and spending time with his family and friends. Frederick Carr had such a positive influence on the Stevens High School that the gymnasium was named after him soon after he retired. When dedicating the gymnasium to him, the students wrote, “Frederick W. Carr devoted 23 years to the youth and education of the city of Claremont. He cared deeply about all students at Stevens High School. During his career he served countless students, as a teacher, administrator, and good friend. We feel that Mr. Carr embodies the essence of school life. We want him to know that his good deeds have not gone unnoticed and that we appreciate all he has done for us.”
Frederick Carr spent 35 years in the educational system of New Hampshire, working with young people in many different ways. This was something he had vowed to do while incarcerated. During his retirement, he traveled to many places throughout New Hampshire and Vermont telling groups about his war experiences and how very valuable freedom is and how easily it can be lost.
For meritorious service to New Hampshire education and the United States Army Air Force, Captain Frederick W. Carr is inducted into the ROTC Hall of Fame.