June 21, 2005

Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Carraway shared a life of marriage for 47 years which included a love of sports, especially LSU, animals, travel and a career in the oil and gas industry. Their fondness for LSU sparked them to make a generous donation to the LSU College of Engineering in the amount of $100,000 toward an endowed scholarship in the College of Engineering.

Charles Carraway, a 1950 LSU alumnus, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering and began his career in the oil and gas industry shortly thereafter. Born on April 3, 1924, in Texarkana, Arkansas, he grew up in North Louisiana before settling in Baton Rouge with his parents. A Navy pilot and member of the Iowa Seahawks Naval football team during WWII, he was offered a football scholarship to Vanderbilt but wanted to study petroleum engineering at LSU. He met the love of his life in Robinson, Illinois, where he was sent to work temporarily. Joanne McCarty was born on August 9, 1929, in Robinson, Illinois. A sports enthusiast, she graduated from the University of Illinois in 1951 with a bachelor’s degree in physical education.

The two met in at a social function in Robinson, were married soon thereafter and started to live the life they had dreamed about together. They traveled together taking frequent trips to Burma, shared their love for animals with one another, and eventually went into the consulting business together in Evansville, Indiana. When the two retired, they finally moved back to the place where it all began – Robinson.

After Mrs. Carraway died on April 3, 2001, Charles moved back to Baton Rouge to be closer to his family. He died on April 23, 2004.

At the bequest of Mr. Carraway’s will, a scholarship has been established to provide undergraduate students attending LSU an opportunity to advance their studies through the receipt of the scholarship. The Carraway’s love for LSU will be remembered forever and passed down generation by generation to future LSU engineering alums.

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