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Feb 21, 2006
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Eric Carter Biography

I was born in Twin Falls and raised in Boise. I graduated from Capital High School in 1977, where I enjoyed participating in the choir and basketball programs, and had a lot of fun in chemistry, physics and math. I then went to BYU for a semester before filling a religious mission in Thailand from 1978-80.

I then attended Harvard College in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where I fished around for a while in several science departments before I settled on studying biochemistry and molecular biology. I had a great time there, even though it was far away from home and family. I made a lot of friends from all over the country, studied all kinds of interesting subjects, learned how to play squash and row boats (on the crew team, that is). Ultimately I graduated in 1984 with honors in general studies and was then accepted into medical school at the University of Utah for the following year.

While home during the summer in between my junior and senior year I met a beautiful young woman from Spanish Fork, Utah, Allison Foote. We became rather interested in each other, and despite the cross-country distance separating us the following few months (after our senior school years started) we were married in July 1984 in Salt Lake City during the summer in between college and medical school. She worked as a nurse while I attended medical school until the birth of our first 2 children. I graduated from medical school, and we then moved to St. Louis, Missouri for all my clinical training, including internship, residency, and finally cardiology specialty training (total of 7 years!) through 1985. While in St. Louis we had 2 more children. We then moved to Eagle, Idaho where we have lived ever since (along with 3 more children; total of 7!).

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