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Sidney Carter, Neurologist and Pediatrician, Dies at 92

Sidney Carter, Professor Emeritus of Neurology and Pediatrics and a pioneer in the field of child neurology, died Jan. 16 on Cape Cod at the age of 92.

Carter spent more than 30 years at Columbia, from 1947 to 1978, and among other responsibilities, he was chief of the pediatric neurology service. During his early years as an instructor at Columbia, he realized that most hospitals lacked children's specialists. This led him to pioneer the establishment of child neurology as a subspecialty within neurology, a field he greatly influenced through his research and teaching.

As president of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Carter influenced the development of certification in pediatric neurology, which began in 1967. He also served as president of the American Academy of Neurology and the American Neurological Association. The latter offers a Sidney Carter Award in his honor.

Born in Boston, Carter graduated from Dartmouth College and Boston University School of Medicine. During World War II, he joined physicians from Boston City Hospital at the Seventh General Army Hospital in England, where he was assistant chief of the neuropsychiatric section and the principal neurological consultant for army casualties.

After retiring from Columbia, Carter remained in practice for more than a decade as chief of neurology at Blythedale Children's Hospital in Valhalla, New York.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Elizabeth Crosby; three sons, Jeffrey, Jonathan and Jeremy; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Published: Feb 22, 2005
Last modified: Feb 22, 2005

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