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Dr. E. Carolyn Ater

October 1, 1930 — October 17, 2021

Dr. E. Carolyn Ater

Dr. E. Carolyn Ater was born, October 1, 1930, in Clarksburg, Ohio. She had been a resident of Lubbock, Texas since 1969. After graduating from Frankfort High School in the class of 1948, she attended Asbury College, Wilmore, Kentucky and Ohio State University where she obtained BS, MS, and PhD degrees in Home Economics. She taught at St. Clairsville, Ohio High School from 1952 to 1955. After receiving her PhD from The Ohio State University in 1969, Dr. Ater joined the faculty of the Texas Tech University's College of Home Economics in Lubbock, Texas. Prior to receiving her Doctorate, she was a member of the faculty for several years each at SUNY Oneonta in Oneonta, New York, and Margaret Morrison Carnegie (Mellon) College in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Dr. Ater retired from Texas Tech University in 1996 and lived the remainder of her life in Lubbock.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Howard Cleary and Alice Christine Ater; her sister, Sarah Christine Loughran of Los Alamos, NM, her brother, Dr. David Howard Ater of Chillicothe, OH, and a niece, Nancy Carolyn Loughran-Wathen of Rio Rancho, NM.

She is survived by sister-in-law, Shirlee Jacobs Ater of Columbus, OH; brother-in-law Dr. E. Dan Loughran of Albuquerque, NM; niece Lori Christina Coppel and husband Paul, of Gahanna, OH; nephews Michael Maddux Ater of Chillicothe, OH; Steven Edward Loughran of Los Angeles, CA; and Glenn Howard Loughran of Santa Fe, NM; three great-nieces, Autumn Christine Wathen of Rio Rancho, NM; Christina Loren Coppel of Gahanna, OH; Ashley Noelle Ater of Chillicothe, OH; and five great-nephews Stephen Paul, John David, and Kevin Standish Coppel of Gahanna, OH; Ryan Michael Wathen of Albuquerque, NM and David Gerald Ater of Chillicothe, OH.

Dr. Ater enjoyed traveling and during her lifetime traveled extensively, both personally and professionally in the United States and Europe. She was a member of several social and professional organizations including Omega chapter and Gamma Alumni chapter of Phi Upsilon Omicron and Omega Chapter of Omicron Nu and the St. Matthews United Methodist Church in Lubbock.

Dr. Ater will be buried beside her parents in Greenlawn Cemetery, Frankfort, Ohio at a later date. The graveside service will be announced by the EBRIGHT FUNERAL HOME, Frankfort. Those who wish to share a memory of Dr. Ater and sign her online register may do so at

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