Born on March 17, 1930, Carter grew up in Peshtigo, Wisconsin. He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from UW–Madison and a degree from the School of Foreign Service of Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.
In 1958, Carter began his cheese marketing career when he sold his first case of cheese in Washington for the Purity Cheese Company based in Mayville, Wisconsin. He continued with Purity Cheese – rising to the position of vice president of sales – until 1975, when the business was sold.
In 1975, he and his wife Jane co-founded Dan Carter, Inc. (DCI), a consulting and sales company positioned to promote small- to medium-sized cheese factories. Carter served as corporate CEO until the time of his retirement from DCI Cheese in 2003. The following April, he established and served as founder of the Dairy Business Innovation Center, part of the federally-funded Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection’s Value Added Dairy Initiative developed to help restore and reinvigorate existing and emerging dairy businesses and processors.
He was an integral proponent of CALS over the years, serving as a charter member of the CALS Board of Visitors in 1989. Carter also served a term as the CALS BOV chair. He received an Honorary Recognition award from the college in 1994, in recognition of his work in marketing specialty cheeses and his other contributions.
For three years (1998-2000), the Carters hosted an “on the road” event for CALS alumni in the Fort Lauderdale, Florida area every February. The couple also supported CALS financially over the years, establishing a merit scholarship for CALS students and supporting various units, including the food science department, the Wisconsin School for Beginning Dairy and Livestock Farmers and the Center for Dairy Research.
A visitation will be held Jan. 5, 2018 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m., followed by a memorial service on Jan. 6, 2018 at 2:00 p.m., both at the Mayville United Methodist Church, located at 301 Furnace Street, Mayville, Wisconsin. All are welcome. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Mayville United Methodist Church, 920-387-3880.
To learn more about Carter’s life, read the full obituary on the Koepsell Funeral Home website.