Curtis Rex Carter Jr.
Curtis Rex Carter, Jr. July 31, 1935 - February 13, 2017 Glendale, AZ - Former San Diegan and local business leader Curtis Rex Carter Jr., 81, died peacefully in February of natural causes after suffering a series of advancing health issues. Curt was the founder and CEO of Mission Bay Investments (MBI), an organization that changed the landscape of the piano and organ industry through its subsidiary companies in both manufacturing and retail. Curt passed while surrounded by his cherished family near his home in Arizona. Curt is survived by his daughter and son-in-law Vicki and Chris Herring of Anthem, AZ, daughter Carrie Carter of Glendale, AZ, and by his son Nick Carter of Southlake, TX. Curt is survived by his five grandchildren Michael Herring (plus granddaughter-in-law Dana), Katie Herring, Matthew Herring, Christina Escoto, Dylan Escoto and great-grandson Samuel Carter Herring, all of Phoenix, AZ. Curt is also survived by his sister Constance Carter of Frisco, TX, and her three sons, Scott Martin, Curt Martin and Will Martin. Curt will forever be remembered for his quick wit, ability to react to and anticipate change, and for his visceral distaste for the status-quo. In business, Curt will be remembered for his pioneering accomplishments in the fields of sound engineering, electro-acoustic media and instrument retail. Curt was born in Carthage, MO. He attended Carthage High School, Rice Institute in Houston, TX, and the University of MO where he received a BS in Engineering. Curt entered the world of sound engineering at an early age where in 1957 he collaborated with Fritz Wood and Alpha Wiggins at Electro-Voice on a project that led to the invention of "Stereo" on records. As a young engineer, Curt followed the calls of the burgeoning aerospace industry where he worked for several teams contracted with NASA to pursue the first lunar landing. Curt's designs were incorporated into several missions of that era, most notably the design of the extra-vehicular backpacks utilized in Gemini. Curt eventually made his way to San Diego in the early â€˜70s where he, along with his partner Bob Hill, founded Organ Exchange, a first-of-its-kind retailer in the music industry. Organ Exchange became the largest retail chain of organ stores in the country in less than five years. MBI was created to serve as the parent company for the retail and distribution companies and, with the acquisition of Gulbransen Inc. from CBS Music in 1984, MBI gained control of one of the first manufacturers to introduce transistor organs to the public. The technology developed at Gulbransen would eventually be licensed to the developers of modern digital synthesizers and the Gulbransen digital sound processors would create the sounds heard on most personal computers for decades to come. In 1998, Curt and the team at MBI sold the assets of Gulbransen to National Semi-Conductor of San Jose, California. Curt was a life member of the San Diego Yacht Club and one of the founding members of the San Diego Chapter of the Young Presidents Organization. In his free time Curt was a ravenous sports fan and student of all things golf. Curt attended the first Super Bowl I in Los Angeles and was a dedicated fan of the National Football League. Although Curt witnessed the departure of his beloved San Diego Chargers, one week prior to his death, he was able to enjoy the drama that was 2017's Super Bowl LI. Much to Curt's delight he was able to see, and hear, his legacy in the music industry come alive as Lady Gaga's halftime show featured the Piano Arc, a circular piano that was developed using technology created by Dave Starkey at Gulbransen. Curt delighted in seeing ideas come to fruition and was never too shy to admit that he was just having "way too much fun." Services were held privately in his hometown of Carthage, Missouri. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that all memorials be sent to the Curtis Rex Carter Sr. Engineering Scholarship Fund: 221 West 4th Street Ste 1A, Carthage, MO 64836.
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