Death in the Family

October 1, 2002

 

Diane Leslie "Dina" Carter '86, who worked as a librarian and archivist in Israel, was one of the seven people killed in the July 31 bombing at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She worked in the manuscripts department and archives at the Jewish National and University Library (JUNL) on the Edmond J. Safra Campus at Givat Ram.

Born in North Carolina, she majored in anthropology at Duke and later earned her master's in social work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Carter immigrated to Israel in 1990.

The bombing took place across town from where she worked, but she was scheduled to take a Hebrew placement exam at the Mount Scopus campus in order to pursue a degree in library sciences. Even though she spoke Hebrew fluently, the test was required for non-natives.

The News & Observer reported: "She arrived early at the limestone campus overlooking the Old City of Jerusalem and went to the Frank Sinatra International Student Center cafeteria for something to eat. Explosives in a bag there killed Carter and six others, including four more Americans."

She is survived by her father, retired veterinarian Larry Carter of Greensboro, and her stepmother.