In Memoriam William C. Carson Founding Board President



The Board of Directors, Staff and entire Communities In Schools community mourn the death of William (Bill) C. Carson on October 30. Bill passed away in Maryland where he and his wife, Georgia have lived for the past several years. Bill and Georgia moved to Santa Fe in 1995 continuing his family's long-standing history in New Mexico - his grandfather, Will Carr Lane was the second territorial Governor of the state. Bill was the Founder of the Salazar Partnership and the Founding Board President of Communities In Schools of New Mexico. Bill’s life passion focused on improving educational experiences for children, especially those living in poverty - work he further addressed in his position as President of the City of Santa Fe’s Children and Youth Commission.


“For children to know that there is a person who truly cares about them, and cares that they succeed in school, is probably one of the most important gifts that an adult can give to a child,” wrote a teacher who nominated Bill and Georgia to be Santa Fe Living Treasures in 2007. “I really believe that their good hearts will always continue to beat in the halls of Salazar Elementary, for they helped give it a new life.”


In 2019, Communities in Schools established the Carson Honor Society to pay tribute to Bill’s legacy. Designed in partnership with Bill, the Carson Honor Society provides awards to graduating Santa Fe public school seniors who have shown perseverance and resilience.


The Carson Honor Society Fund


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