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“Carol Jones Carlisle was a remarkable scholar, teacher, and friend. She had retired from the University of South Carolina before I was appointed as...Read More »
1 of 10 | Posted by: DR MARY ANN WIMSATT - SC

“After I heard a sad news about you, I went through pages of memos you wrote on my dissertation draft 17 years ago. Typed and singled-spaced, the...Read More »
2 of 10 | Posted by: Eijun "Jun" Senaha

“Douglas, I was sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. You were indeed blessed to have had her for so many years. I'm sure that you have many fond and...Read More »
3 of 10 | Posted by: Roy Barnette - Hickory, NC

“I value my memories of Carol as a colleague and an exceptionally kind person who never lost touch with her humanity. ”
4 of 10 | Posted by: Dr. Joseph Katz - Columbia, SC

“I was so sad to learn of Dr. Carlisle's death this morning. She was certainly one of those rare people who make the world a better place for us all....Read More »
5 of 10 | Posted by: Van Edwards - Columbia, SC

“As the first woman to be promoted for full professor in the English Department at the University of South Carolina, Carol was a true pioneer. She was...Read More »
6 of 10 | Posted by: Paula Feldman - Columbia, SC

“Carol was a mentor and an inspiration to generations of students, faculty and people who loved the power of literature and theatre. She was...Read More »
7 of 10 | Posted by: Thorne Compton - Ann Arbor, MI

“Doug, Rory & Family, I was saddened to hear of the passing of your loved one. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. ”
8 of 10 | Posted by: Kay West - Florence, SC - Friend

“What a graceful, bright, articulate, thoughtful and funny woman was our Aunt Carol. Never do I recall having a mundane conversation with her. She was...Read More »
9 of 10 | Posted by: Craig Hartley - Tempe, AZ

“The staff of Dunbar Funeral Home extends sincere condolences to the family of Dr. Carol Carlisle. ”
10 of 10 | Posted by: Joey Tanner - Columbia, SC


COLUMBIA Carol Whitt Jones Carlisle, 93, died on Monday, December 17, 2012, after a brief illness. She was the first child of Richard Palmer Jones and Pauline Vaughan Overbey Jones, born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama on May 11, 1919 (Mother's Day that year). At 18 months old, she and her family moved to Lakeland, Florida, which remained their home. Their four other children were Richard Palmer Jones, Jr. "Dick", Alice Elizabeth Jones "Elizabeth", Mary Grace "Grace" Jones and Eunice Ruth Jones "Junie" or "Ruth".
Carol attended Lakeland, Florida, public school and was valedictorian of her class. She then attended Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia, where she had a double major in English and history and graduated summa cum laude in 1940. She then entered the graduate program in English at the University of North Carolina. She earned an M.A. in 1942 and began work toward a Ph.D. At that time she met Douglas Hilton Carlisle, a graduate student in Political Science in the Ph.D. program, whom she married. After Douglas' service in World War II, he was given a position as Assistant Professor in Political Science while Carol was given a position as an instructor in the English Department (women at the time being less valued as professionals). They completed their studies and dissertations and both received their Ph.D.s in a ceremony on June 4, 1951. So rare was it for a woman, much less a couple, to receive Ph.D.s at the same time, that their picture made the A.P. wire.
At the University of South Carolina, both eventually rose through the ranks to Professor. The focus of Carol's study was the work of William Shakespeare, particularly from the point of view of those directing and performing Shakespeare's plays. In 1969, her book Shakespeare from the Greenroom: Actors' Criticisms of Four Major Tragedies was published. In 2000, her book Helen Faucit: Fire and Ice on the Victorian Stage was published. She wrote numerous articles and papers on the performance of Shakespeare's plays and the interpretations of various performers. During her long and distinguished career, Carol joined and took an active part, including leadership positions, in numerous professional organizations. She received international recognition for her scholarship, yet also was a devoted mother and supported charities and theater in Columbia.
Carol was predeceased by her beloved husband, Douglas, and by her brother, Dick and sister, Elizabeth. Carol is survived by her daughter, Diane Lindsey; son, Douglas H. Carlisle, Jr. (Rory); her grandchildren, Erin Lindsey, Ian Lindsey, David Lindsey, Fiona Carlisle, and Hilton Carlisle; and by her sisters, Grace Tanner and Ruth Hess (Ralph).
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, December 20, 2012, at Providence Presbyterian Church, 1112 Hummingbird Drive, West Columbia, SC 29169, with burial in Elmwood Cemetery and Gardens. The family will receive friends 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, December 19, 2012, at her residence.
Memorials may be made to Carol Jones Carlisle Research Award, Women's Studies, University of South Carolina, Jones Physical Center, Suite 109, 712 Main St., Columbia, SC 29208.