John C. Carr, 70, an educator in Prince George's County public schools and area universities who became a consultant to the Kennedy Center on arts and education programs, died Dec. 19 at Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore after a heart attack. He lived in Washington.
Dr. Carr began his association with the Kennedy Center in 1979 and co-designed the Partners in Education Program in 1991, Artists as Educators Seminar in 1993 and a pilot program now underway called "Giving Cues: Recommended Guidelines for Writing and Designing Performance Material for Young People."
The Kennedy Center also sponsored him on several trips to meet and exchange ideas with arts educators in Austria, Australia, China and the former Soviet Union.
In 1992, he worked for the U.S. Information Agency as an exchange professor at the University Tampare in Finland.
Dr. Carr wrote or edited eight books, including "Modern Methods in Secondary Education" with co-author Jean D. Grambs.
That book went through five editions after it was first published in 1970 by Holt, Rinehart and Winston and was translated into Spanish.
With Grambs, Dr. Carr also co-wrote "Sex Differences and Learning: An Annotated Bibliography of Educational Research," published by Garland in 1991.
He co-edited "Education in the World Today," published in 1972 by Addison-Wesley, and "Black Image: Education Copes With Color," published by William F. Brown in 1972.
Dr. Carr, a Washington native, graduated from St. Anthony's High School and Wilson Teachers College. He received a master of fine arts degree in 1953 and a doctorate in education in 1965, both from Catholic University of America.
He taught English, drama and remedial reading, among other courses, in Prince George's public schools from 1956 to 1967, largely at Rollingcrest Junior High School in Hyattsville.
At Catholic University, he was an adjunct drama professor from 1965 to 1994. He had been a professor emeritus of education since 1987 at the University of Maryland, where he had taught since 1977.
In the 1980s, he was a columnist for the Los Angeles Drama-Logue, a theater trade paper, and in the late 1980s and early 1990s he was a theater columnist at the Capital newspaper of Annapolis.
Among his awards are the American Alliance for Theatre and Education's Special Recognition Award, the American Theatre Association's Outstanding Service to Drama Education Award and the Maryland Drama Association's Ertzman Award for Creativity in Teaching.
Survivors include two sisters, Florence Lombardo of Glenn Dale and Olive Elizabeth Carr of St. Michaels.