Will and Hellen Carpenter are our featured Ageless- Remarkable St. Louisans of the day!
Dr. Will Carpenter 85, & Hellen Carpenter 81, have achieved much throughout their 57 years together, changing the lives of others along the way.
Will, a former Naval Reservist and Army Captain, is internationally renowned for his 25 years of work crafting a treaty to ban chemical weapons. His efforts led to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2013. He has served on the numerous boards in an advisory capacity, and volunteers at the St. Louis Academy of Science, the St. Louis Science Center and the Chesterfield Development Advisory Council, as well as several universities.
Hellen embarked on her second career when she wrote a biography about her grandfather, Dr. James Naismith, the inventor of the game of basketball. The book and her related presentations help promote teamwork, skills and determination to audiences young and old. Hellen volunteers at the Small College Basketball Hall of Fame, into which Dr. Naismith was posthumously inducted, and also lends her time and talents to various educational institutions. As advocates for education, the couple has funded scholarships at the University of Missouri – St. Louis, Webster University, Purdue, Mississippi State University, Springfield University in Massachusetts and Oklahoma State.