Vincent Welles Carpenter passed away peacefully in his sleep in the early morning hours of July 23, 2018. Vincent was born to Lawrence and Jean Carpenter in Minneapolis, MN on July 3, 1920. His parents divorced when he was 8 years old, and he was raised by his grandparents, Elbert and Florence Carpenter. Vincent graduated from Hotchkiss School in Connecticut in 1938. As a teen he worked various summer jobs including on a barge dredging mud out of the Mississippi River in southern Minnesota and at the family lumber mill in McCloud, California. Vincent was quite an outdoorsman having fun canoeing in northern Ontario as a teen, waterskiing, ski jumping, and downhill skiing. He attended Yale University for 3 years when World War II broke out. He joined the Marine Corps and fought in the South Pacific as a fighter pilot with the Swashbucklers VMF 214 Squadron. His favorite fighter plane was the Corsair. He fought mostly in the Solomon Islands and in Okinawa. He left the service with a rank of captain and later was given the rank of Lt. Colonel in the USMC Reserves. After the war, Vincent attended the University of Minnesota and later graduated from Hamline University in St. Paul, receiving a B.A. and M.A. in music. He also studied physics. He joined the faculty of Macalester College where he taught music for 21 years and left there as head of the music department.
Vincent met his future wife, Janet Miller while skiing at a small ski area in Minnesota. They married June 21, 1947. They honeymooned in Canada, climbing up and then skiing down the Columbia Ice Field in Alberta and British Columbia. Vincent and Janet first lived in Minnesota, but spent much time in Montana and eventually built a cabin west of Red Lodge in 1960. The family then moved in 1968 to Billings where his wife's family was originally from.
In 1964 and with his best friend, Jack Dietrich, Vincent bought the southern part of the old Mackey Sheep Company just north of Billings. It was named the Bar Diamond Ranch. In 1987 Vincent formed a partnership with his son, Larry, to create Carpenter Livestock which ran cattle on the Bar Diamond Ranch. The ranch was sold in 2008 and Vincent retired and turned back to composing music and studying physics. He was eventually admitted to the World Science Database, an exclusive group of physicists from around the world. Two of his many papers on cosmology were accepted by this group and read and discussed.
Vincent was involved with many different organizations including the Red Lodge Music Festival where he taught and conducted the student orchestra in its early years. He was also on the board of directors for Rocky Mountain College and the Billings Symphony Orchestra.
The family would like to thank the staff in Fischer Cottage at St. Johns for their wonderful care of Vincent. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Ann. He is survived by his wife, Janet; children, Lawrence (Kris), Leslie, and Mark (Diane); and grandchildren, William, Kinsey, Robert, Joseph, and Nicholas.
Vincent wished to be cremated and his ashes spread on 300 acres of the original Bar Diamond Ranch still held by the family. He wished for only a small private family gathering. Memorials may be made to the Billings Symphony Orchestra at 2721 2nd Ave North, #350, Billings, MT, 59101.