Dr. James Carroll

Obituary of Dr. James Carroll


Dr. James Barr Carroll, 88, of Glastonbury, CT, passed away at home on April 29. Jim was predeceased by his beloved wife of 61 years, Mary Gesen Carroll. Jim was born in Chicago, IL on March 25, 1929 to John and Anne (Trossen) Carroll. He met his wife, Mary, at Brown University where he earned a BS in Engineering and a MS in Aeronautical Engineering. Jim also earned a PhD in Physics from the University of Connecticut. He began his career at Pratt & Whitney in the Research Center where he developed fuselage profiles for supersonic aircraft. Throughout the years, he also worked as a development engineer for Royal Typewriter, professor for The University of Connecticut/Stamford, consultant for the Environmental Protection Agency and Federal Energy Administration in Washington, D.C. He ended his career at Optelecom where he developed fiber optic components.


Jim and Mary moved to Glastonbury in 1955 where they settled and raised their family of 6 children. Jim was one of the founding members of the Woodledge Pool Club, president of Apple Hill’s homeowner’s association, and church school teacher at The First Church of Christ. Later in life, Jim was a member of the John Tom Hill Club and the Glastonbury Historical Society. He enjoyed gourmet cooking, watercolor painting, gardening, and was an avid reader who could converse about any topic.


Jim is survived by his children James B. Jr and his wife Gregg Carroll of New Lebanon NY, Mark G. and Silvia Carroll of Genoa Italy, Sara J. and William Kelly of Glastonbury CT, John L. and Bijour Carroll of Bolton CT, Risha J. and Allen Deary of Carlisle MA, and his son in law John Cancellieri of Glastonbury CT. He is also survived by grandchildren John Cancellieri Jr. and wife Leigh, Christina Conoscenti and husband Christopher, Caitlin Patoka and husband John, Mackenzie Carroll, Kevan Carroll, David Carroll, William Kelly Jr, Matthias Kelly, Margaret Kelly, Jordyn Carroll, Luke Deary, and Alisha Deary.  In addition, Jim is survived by eight great grandchildren.  He was predeceased by his daughter Lee Ann Cancellieri and his grandson Carl Cancellieri.

Calling hours are 5:00 to 7:00 pm on Wednesday, May 3rd at Mulryan Funeral Home at 725 Hebron Avenue, Glastonbury CT. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, May 4th at 11:00 am at the First Church of Christ, Congregational at 2183 Main Street, Glastonbury CT. Interment is at Old Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Jim’s name may be made to the First Church of Christ, Congregational in Glastonbury, CT or the John Tom Hill Club, 40 Ash Swamp Rd., Glastonbury, CT. For online condolences please visit www.mulryanfh.com.