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Julia H. Cox McCarter, 75, of Carlisle, passed away on Monday, January 9, 2012, at Church of God Home, Carlisle. She was born March 16, 1936, in Shippensburg, a daughter of the late Walter S. and Margaret (Powell) Hall.

Julia was a 1954 graduate of Shippensburg High School, a 1957 graduate of York Hospital School of Nursing and also earned her Bachelor’s degree from Messiah College and a Master’s degree from Pennsylvania State University, both in Public Health. She also attended Temple University for work on a doctorate degree. She was the Executive Director of the American Trauma Society PA Division, where she was active with the PA State Legislative branches and the Governor’s office and also served as Executive Assistant to the Secretary of Health at the PA Department of Health for many years. Julia coordinated the first Organ Donor Program for The PA Department of Health. She also wrote the first protocol for helicopter evacuation, now known as MediVac. Julia was a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, which she earned through the former Carlisle Hospital’s Anesthesiologist Program. She served in the US Army Reserve and earned the rank of Major while serving with the nursing corps. Julia was a member of Second Presbyterian Church, Carlisle, where she served as an Elder and was also a member of Carlisle Civic Club, Red Hat Society, Women’s Investment Group and a former member of the Carlisle Medical Auxiliary. She also organized the Paul A. Cox Golf Tournament, in honor of her late husband.

She is survived by her husband of two years, Arthur B. McCarter of Carlisle, one son, Michel C. Witmer of New York City and Palm Beach, FL, two sisters; Peggy Ditzler of Shippensburg and Barbara Eagle of York, one brother-in-law, Harold Ocker of Mechanicsburg, four step-daughters; Joanna Robinson of Philadelphia, Patricia Lachman of Athens, OH, Anne Myers of Huntingdon, WV and Jane McCarter of Newville, 12 step-grandchildren, two step great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Julia was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Paul A. Cox, who died Oct. 16, 2003, one brother, J. Robert Hall and four sisters; Janet Ocker, Dorothy Bosler, Gladys Commerer and Betty Reddig.

Memorial services will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, January 13, 2012, in the Second Presbyterian Church, 528 Garland Dr., Carlisle. Rev. Jeff Gibelius and Rev. Jennifer McKenna will officiate. Visitation and fellowship will immediately follow the service in the church rotunda. Private burial will be in Spring Hill Cemetery, Shippensburg. Ewing Brothers Funeral Home, Carlisle, is assisting the family with arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to American Trauma Society PA Division, 2 Flowers Dr., Mechanicsburg, PA 17050.

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 With sympathy to Michel and our entire family for the passing of Julia.
 She was a very positive influence on my life.

Her niece, Susan


Dear Michel and Mr. McCarter~~
 I am deeply saddened by the news of Julia's passing and words can not express my sorrow for your loss. I have known 'Judy' since I was ten years old. (oh those days on Wilson Street and the old farmhouse) She was a very dear and caring friend to my mother for which I was always grateful. Many times I would stop by the house on Hillside Drive for a visit and words of wisdom. In later years, I would run into Judy at the grocery store and we would share stories of our lives. She was always busy and a lady on the run! My deepest and most heartfelt condolences to all of Judy's family.

Chris Young Witmer

May you find peace and comfort in warm memories
and the Hand of our Lord at this time of sorrow.

Janet (Commerer) Rabuck


I am so sorry for your loss. I know how much your mother meant to you. And how you comforted me when I lost my mother 30 some years ago. If there is anything I can do please let me know.

Audrey (Stahl) Trussell

 I thessalonians 13-18:
 We know we will see Julia again one day as Jesus has promised in His word.
 I thank Barbara and Michael for having Christian Companion sit with Julia.
 I counted it a privilege to sit with her.

Love in Christ
Barbara L. Killiger

On behalf of the board and staff of the Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation I send deepest condolences to the family and staff at the PA ATS office. Julia was truly an icon. Her passion for injury prevention was infectious to all those privileged enough to be in her presence.
We will miss her greatly.

Juliet Geiger, Executive Director PTSF

It has been many years but I remember our visits together. Unknown to your sister, she played a pivital role in my nursing career (when I substituted for her at the Y Camp). Please accept my deepest sympathy and know you are in my thoughts and prayers. May God send you an extra ray of sunshine on the dark days to lighten your path.

Nurse & Neighbor
(Carlisle PA / Turners Falls MA)
Nancy Anne Faller

I'm so sorry. Do you remember the first time we met when you lived on Wilson Street? Your mothers generosity and friendship she offered will be with me always but my perspective of her was always as your mother. Her professional life seemed incidental to that. Looking now at her accomplishments, well, its staggering. Her story was the subject of our dinner conversation tonight.
Our thoughts are with you.

Tony Reamer

Julia was a remarkable woman. An advocate for Trauma Prevention, a nurse with a passion for life and improving the lives of others. She was a role model, a mentor and friend. She will be sorely missed but leaves a remarkable legacy. It is never easy to lose a loved one and there truly are no words to describe the loss or to provide comfort. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and I share some of the wonderful memories of having had Julia in my life. I am profoundly sorry that I cannot attend the services to pay my respects.

Marie Campbell

 I sit at my desk smiling, remembering Julia and all her leadership and work with PA ATS. She was a mentor and role model for myself and many trauma nurses, and she will be truly missed. I see her now in my mind as she shared with me warm hugs, many smiles and much guidance and support. I know she is in a better place now, and leaves a legacy to be remembered forever! God bless the entire family, and Julia, Will and I are forever happy to have known you!

Pat and William Walsh


 Michael and family:
Everyone is in our prayers.

With deepest sympathy,
Brenda and Kim

Kim Zeigler and Brenda Davidson

 Sorry to hear of Judy's passing. We were nursing school classmates at
the York Hospital School of Nursing. I saw her this past May at our alumni luncheon. My sincere condolences to the family. I will notify everyone that was in our nursing class.

Shirley Stake Seitz

Mr. McCarter and the family
It is with deep sadness I learn of the passing of Julia. I was a nurse with VNA of Central Pa. two years ago that came to care for her in her home. She was gracious and just beaming over her recent marriage to Arthur. God has graced me to have been able to have cared for Julia. Until we meet again at the feet of Jesus..

 Nancy Vreeland Licensed Pratical Nurse


The world has lost an incredible woman. Heaven has gained an amazing angel.
I first met Julia at Leader Nursing Home where she was the nursing supervisor. I was barely 14 starting my first part time job as a hospitality aide there. She quickly took me under her wing and became my mentor. Her love of life and the compassion she showed to others was what inspired me to continue on with a career in nursing. It's funny how twenty some years later every time I hear the name Florence Nightingale I picture Julia, in her crisp white uniform, with a loving smile on her face. She has a very special place in my heart and will truly be missed.

Christina (Anderson) Tyree

Julia was a go-getter. She did an outstanding job at the annual Trauma Society golf tournament - which clearly was the best in which I have participated. She made special arrangements to provide veterans with the oportunity to play in this tournament. She was a selfless, caring person who will be greatly missed.

Bob Chaudrue

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