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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 15, April 9, 2006, Article 3

OBITUARY: R.A.G. CARSON, 1918-2006

On April 3 The Independent of London published an obituary of
British Museum curator and Roman coin expert R.A. G. Carson:

"Robert Andrew Glendinning Carson, museum curator and numismatist:
born Kirkcudbright 7 April 1918; Assistant Keeper, Department of
Coins and Medals, British Museum 1947-65, Deputy Keeper 1965-78,
Keeper 1978-83; FBA 1980;"

"Robert Carson was the leading British expert of his generation
on Roman coins. He joined the staff of the British Museum as
Assistant Keeper of Roman Coins in the Department of Coins and
Medals in 1947, a few months after his life-long colleague Kenneth
Jenkins, an expert in Greek coins."

"Their arrival coincided with the start of the slow recovery of
the museum from the effects of the Second World War, when most
of the staff had left to take part in the war effort and the
collections were evacuated from London. The fabric of the museum,
including the offices of the Coin Department, was much damaged
by bombing and it was not until about 1960 that the department
was able to return to permanent accommodation when its bombed
offices were finally rebuilt."

"Robert Carson was in great demand as a reviewer and also as
an editor. It is typical of his generosity and selflessness that
he spent so much of his own time bringing other people's work to
publication. He was always willing to share his time and expertise,
especially with a younger generation of his colleagues, one of
whom at least has every cause to be grateful for his endless
patience."

"After his retirement, Robert Carson and his wife Fransisca
moved to Australia to join one of their children who had emigrated
there."

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  Wayne Homren, Editor

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