[Marin County Obit Board]

Posted by Cathy Gowdy on Sunday, December 30, 2007 at 06:44:53 :

Independent Journal
Saturday, March 29, 1980


A funeral for Dr. William A. Carleton, academic dean of the Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary for 19 years, will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at the John A. Broadus Chapel at the Strawberry seminary.

Carleton, 74, died Thursday in a local hospital.

He was born in Indian territory in Oklahoma in 1905. He attended public schools there. He received a bachelorís degree from East Oklahoma State College and masterís and doctorate degrees in theology from the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He was a minister in Oklahoma and Illinois. His last church was in Bonca City, Okla.

He was named academic dean at Golden Gate in 1953 when the seminary was located in Berkeley. He moved to Mill Valley when the seminary moved here in 1956. He retired as dean and professor of church history in 1970.

He was president of the Baptist Conventions of Illinois, Oklahoma and California. He served on various denominational boards and is the author of a number of books on historical and biblical subjects.

After his retirement, he traveled widely and spent one year in Tanzania as a visiting professor. He continued as dean emeritus at the Strawberry seminary and taught occasional classes there. He also continued to preach and teach Bible studies throughout the United States.

He and his wife, Opal, moved to Rohnert Park three years ago.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Bob Carleton of Novato and Bill Carleton of Travis Air Force Base; four brothers, James E., Jack, Kenneth and R. E. Carleton; two sisters, Blanche Herron and Sue Mayberry; and seven grandchildren.

Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday at the Russell and Gooch Funeral Chapel, Mill Valley. His body will lie in state at the seminary chapel on Monday from 10 a.m. until the service. Burial plans are pending.

The family prefers memorial gifts to the Golden Gate Baptist College, the California Baptist College or a favorite charity.

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A Death Notice in the same paper mentions that he was the father-in-law of Jessie and Sharon Carleton.

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A Death Notice appeared on March 31, 1980 and it states that entombment was to be in Santa Rosa Memorial Park, Santa Rosa, CA.

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