Dr. Stephen I. Carton

[ Age 63 ] Columbia Optometrist

January 19, 2007

Dr. Stephen I. Carton, an optometrist who owned a Columbia practice for three decades, died of lung cancer Jan. 12 at Howard County General Hospital. The Columbia resident was 63.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Annapolis, he was the son of Joseph and Selma Carton, who owned the Leader clothing store on Main Street there. He was a 1961 graduate of Annapolis High School, where he played football. He earned a Bachelor of Arts from the Johns Hopkins University and a Doctor of Optometry from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in Philadelphia.

He worked at a Sears store in White Oak before opening Columbia Optical in 1977 in Owen Brown village. He worked at his business until early December.

He achieved the status of life master in duplicate bridge and competed in games in Silver Spring and Laurel, as well as in national tournaments. He also worked the Friday lunch hour as a cashier at his son's restaurant, Frisco Grille in Columbia.

He was a member of Kneseth Israel Synagogue in Annapolis, and his service was held Sunday in its cemetery.

Survivors include his wife of 41 years, the former Leslie Pilgrim; two sons, Bruce Todd Carton of Great Falls, Va., and Adam Pilgrim Carton of Columbia; a sister, Sue Brazzell of Columbia; and six grandsons.

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