Dr. Carole Ann Kendig (whose name at birth was Carole Ann Pike), 82 years young, of Asheville, NC (formerly of Dover, NH; Millburn, NJ; NYC; St. Petersburgh, Fla.; and Elkins, W.Va.) went Home to her eternal rest on July 31, 2018 at Mission Memorial Hospital, Asheville, NC after a brief hospitalization. She is predeceased by her mother, Mary Elizabeth Daniels (Pike) of Elkins, W.Va. and her father, John Urban Pike of Harlan, Ky. She is survived by her Life-Partner of 45 years, Patricia L. Collins, Ph.D.
Carole received her BA from New York University (1959); her MA from Columbia University (1962); and her Ph.D. in Psychology from McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada (1968). As an Experimental Psychologist specializing in Perception, she researched visual acuity in infants and her work greatly contributed to the original creation of baby mobiles. Later, in her career she did pioneering work on the perceptual variables which occur during Out of Body experiences. Her primary subject in this research was Ingo Swann, a renowned author and psychic. Carole was a researcher and teacher for 40+ years, primarily at Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ. While there she created one of the first accredited college courses in the US entitled “The Psychology of Women”, and also the first known accredited course in the US, and possibly the world, called “Man’s Expanding Consciousness”, later re-named “The Psychology of Consciousness”.
As a teen, Carole became interested in metaphysics. Carole always loved music and science. She was a professional cello player in the Symphony in H.S. and early adulthood. She loved nature and especially cats. After her retirement, Carole sustained an initial TBI (traumatic brain injury) due to falling over a log in the dark, which caused her memory and cognitive functioning difficulties. Subsequently she had as many as 10 TBI’s and was a brain donor for TBI research upon her passing. She loved performing with Womansong, a 75 women chorus in Asheville. She can be heard singing on several Womansong CD’s and DVD’s (www.womansong.org). Carole loved drawing, reading mysteries, and petting her cat, Mama. She lived happily with her life-partner, Pat, (for 45 years) and every once in awhile they would take their clown act on the road as Korny Kornelia (Carole) and Lady Giggles (Pat). Carole’s quiet wisdom and solid, gentle presence are treasured by all who knew her.
In lieu of flowers, Carole’s wishes were for donations to go to the Carole Ann Kendig Memorial Fund (at www.GoFundMe.com) or to the American Indian College Fund.
A website will also be set up in the future at www.forevermissed.com where messages and memories can be left in Carole’s honor.
A Celebration Of Life is planned, with the date and details to be supplied at a later date.