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Peter Carrothers

Lieutenant Commander

Distinguished Flying Cross

Lieutenant Commander (LCDR) Peter Carrothers was born in Des Moines, Iowa, but grew up in Jonesboro as the son of Dr. and Mrs. Chester C. Carrothers. LCDR Carrothers graduated from Jonesboro High in 1957 and attended Arkansas State for two years (1957-59) and was a member of the ROTC, Pershing Rifles, recognized as the outstanding sophomore cadet and a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity.

He entered the U. S. Naval Academy in 1959, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in 1963, commissioned an Ensign and earned his Naval Flight Officer wings in 1964.  LCDR Carrothers deployed on the U.S.S Enterprise flying the RA5C Vigilante, a supersonic high-altitude reconnaissance aircraft flying 66 reconnaissance missions over North Vietnam. LCDR Carrothers was honorably discharged from the Navy on Jan. 24, 1969, and his awards include the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Navy Commendation Medal, and three Air Medals with Combat V.

After the Navy, Carrothers worked for Procter and Gamble for five years and then 21 years with Frito Lay as Vice President of Product Supply and later as Vice President of Logistics while also earning his executive MBA from Dartmouth. He spent his last seven years before retirement serving as the managing director of Imperial Sugar Company in Sugar Land, Texas.

Since retiring in 2001, Carrothers has served three terms as city councilman and one term on the Mustang Water Board. He has been married to the former Nancy Drake Pitcher of Baton Rouge, La., since 1963 and they have two daughters.