James Peter Carroll

Born: Sun., Jan. 30, 1927
Died: Fri., Mar. 20, 2015


Mass of Christian Burial

3:30 PM Thu., Mar. 26, 2015
Location: Basilica of the Sacred Heart


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 James Peter Carroll was born on January 30 1927, in Woodstock, Illinois, to William M. Carroll, Sr., and Dorothy Geraldine Carroll, nee Lemmers.  He attended St. Mary's Grade School and graduated from St. Mary's High School in Woodstock in 1945.  He served in the Army Signal Corps from June 1945 until January 1947, a tour of duty that included service in the occupation forces in Japan.

On March 29, 1948, in Woodstock, he married the former Edna M. Putty, deceased on April 11, 1980.  Their surviving children are Teresa Carroll, Vincent (Terri) Carroll, Patrick (April) Carroll, Philip (Donna) Carroll, Joseph (Lori) Carroll.  A daughter, Margaret Mary Carroll, predeceased him. 

Shelba Jean Carroll, whom he married on April 22, 1983, is survived along with three stepchildren, Christopher A. Gardini, Terri Gardini Robinson and Lisa Gardini along with 11 grandchildren.
Following in the footsteps of his father, William Michael Carroll, Sr., class of 1915, his brother, William Michael Carroll, Jr., Class of 1945, James graduated magna cum laude from the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism in January, 1951.  He was employed by the South Bend Tribune as a reporter, local columnist and political writer from 1950 to 1957.  In 1963, he established James P Carroll Associates Inc., a public relations firm.

He was the author of Feed My Lambs, a relgious instruction guide for parents, and a variety of articles published in magazines and newspapers.  He also taught courses in writing at both the University of Notre Dame and St. Mary's College and served as an instructor in the Executive Education Program sponsored by the United States Chamber of Commerce.

Active in civic affairs, he served as an officer or on the boards of directors of United Way of St. Joseph County, Michiana Public Broadcasting Corporation, WVPE-FM public radio, South Bend Press Club, South Bend Regional Museum of Art, South Bend Symphony Orchestra Association and the Friends of the Hesburgh Library at Notre Dame.

He retired to spend his winters in Juno Beach, Florida, and summers in Peachtree City, Georgia.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, March 26th in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart on the campus of the University of Notre Dame. There will be no visitation. Private burial will follow. Welsheimer Family Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Family and friends may leave e-mail condolences at www.welsheimer.com.

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