Obituary: Gene Carter – Portland Press Herald

Jane Carter

Hampden – U.S. District Judge Gene Carter of Avalon Village in Hampden and Crescent Beach, Florida, departed on an unlimited flight on November 17, 2021.

Jane Carter was born to the late Kenneth W. and Sylvia Loretta (Bill) Carter on November 1, 1935 in Millbridge. He lived in several small towns and villages in Maine until the age of 16, when his family moved to Bangor.

Jane graduated from Bangor High School with honors in 1954, at which time he was awarded scholarships at the University of Maine in Orono. He graduated summa cum laude in 1958 with a BA in History and Government and a minor in Philosophy.

While at university, Jane became, by invitation, a member of the Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi Honor Societies. He was a member of the social fraternity Lambda Chi Alpha and was elected to the Skull Honor Society. The university awarded Judge Carter a Doctor of Laws degree (with honors) in 1985. He was a loyal supporter of the University of Maine at Orono and the University of Maine Foundation and was a member of the Stillwater Society. In 2019 he was elected an honorary member of the University of Maine Foundation.

After graduating from the University of Maine, Jane received the prestigious Root-Tilden Scholarship of New York University School of Law. He graduated from that school cum laude in 1961 and later received the Distinguished Law School Alumni Award. After graduating from law school, he worked as a legal clerk for The Honorable J. Spencer Bell, US Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals judge. He joined the US Army as a conscript at the time of the Cuban Missile Crisis. He left the army with the rank of captain.

On his return to Bangor, Jane practiced law from his private practice for a short time and then became a partner at Rudman, Rudman and Carter (now Rudman Winchell). He was a member and head of the advisory committee of the Supreme Judicial Council on the rules of civil procedure. He also served as president of the Penobscot County Bar Association. Jane served as Chairman of the Bangor Housing Authority for several terms.

After years of practicing law, Governor Joseph Brennan appointed him as Associate Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court of Maine (1980-1983), the youngest justice at the time to serve on that court.

Justice Carter was nominated by Senator William Cohen, and appointed, with the advice and consent of the United States Senate, by President Ronald Reagan to be a judge in the United States District Court for the County of Maine (1983 – 2021). He served as Chief Justice of the Court during his seven-year tenure (1989-1996). During the early years of his tenure, Justice Carter often sat, on invitation, in the US Court of Appeals for the First Judicial Circuit and frequently in the US District Court for the District of Puerto Rico. He became a senior district judge in 2002 and held that position until the time of his death.

Jane was a master Mason at St Andrews Lodge #83 AF & AM in Bangor and elected as Sovereign Member of the Supreme Council, Grand Inspector General, Class 33 (Hons), of the old accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry.

He was a member of several social service organizations including the Tartine Club of Bangor, the Penobscot Valley Country Club of Orono, the Bangor City Club, the Cumberland Club of Portland, the Falmouth Country Club of Falmouth, and the Metropolitan Club of New York City. .

Jane had special respect for several close friends—his co-laws, the late Gerald E. Rodman, Esq, and Philip de Buckley, Esq; The late S. Robert Campbell; Lieutenant Colonel (Reserve) Thomas W. Larkin of Cumberland; Former law writer Monica B. fellow sailor the late John Evans Harrington Esq; former Chief Justice Daniel Wathen; Judge George Z. Senegal and his high school classmate and lifelong friend, Gary W. Smith.

Gene died by his parents; and her sister Andrea Lynn.

His wife Judith Ann is survived by 60 years; son, Matthew George and partner, Beth Robins Mitchell; Matthew’s ex-wife, Catherine Ames (Farthing) and their two adorable sons Maxwell Jane and Stanley Merrill of Bangor; and his son Mark Gerald and his wife Karen Ann (Vitale) from Hampton, Connecticut. Two sisters, Jane Carter Smithson, of Port Charlotte, Florida, and Barbara Arbor and her husband Richard Arbor, also of Port Charlotte, are also alive, in addition, Jane is survived by his nephew Kenneth Cronin, niece Pamela Becky, and niece Jennifer Lafam and his nephew Thomas Kitridge.

A celebration of Jane’s life will take place at a time and place to be announced at a later time.

Condolences to the family can be offered at

Instead of flowers, donations can be made to

Jane Carter and Judith Kitridge Scholarship Fund,

c/o Maine University Foundation

2 graduates drive

Orono, ME 04469 or

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Center – Bangor

294 Union Street, Suite 3

Bangor, MI 04401

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