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Collectors of the UNC Herbarium
Information for this page compiled by Carol Ann McCormick, Asst. Curator, NCU

Carol Sue Bissett Carpenter
(b. 10 September 1951 – d. 12 January 1982)

The University of North Carolina Herbarium has catalogued to date about twenty specimens collected by Carol Bissett; all are bryophytes collected from Orange County, North Carolina, and all have her maiden name, “Bissett” on the label.  Likely more specimens collected by Bissett will be found as we continue to catalog our collections. 

Carol Sue Bissett was born in North Adams, Massachusetts, the daughter of Ruth E. Cummings and Orville R. Bissett.  Carol earned her B.A. from the University of Connecticut in 1973.  She enrolled at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1973, and earned her M.A. in 1975 under the direction of Dr. William C. Dickison.  The title of her Master’s thesis was “The morphology and relationships of Oncotheca balansae.” 1 The bryophytes in NCU’s holdings were collected in the spring of 1974; she may have taken a bryology course with Dr. Norton G. Miller who was teaching at UNC-CH at that time.

Bissett’s bryophytes all have her maiden name on the labels, whereas her Masters thesis is under “Carol S. Carpenter” so she and George R. Carpenter probably married in 1975.  An obituary for George E. Carpenter (1923-2013) of Coventry, Connecticut, mentions his son, Lt. Colonel (Ret.) George Roger Carpenter of Beavercreek, OH as a survivor, as well as the fact that George E. was predeceased by his daughter-in-law, Carol Bissett Carpenter.3  Carol Bissett Carpenter died on 12 January, 1982 in Fort Walton Beach, Florida 4 and is buried in Center Cemetery, Coventry, Tolland County, Connecticut.2

Carol Bissett Carpenter’s gravestone, Coventry, Connecticut 2




1.  University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Alumni Records.

2.  Find A Grave.
accessed on 15 January 2015.

3.  George E. Carpenter Obituary.  Obits for Life.  accessed on 15 January 2015.

4.  Carol Bissett  accessed on 15 January 2015.

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Last Updated: 8 January 2015