Mecca B. Carpenter of Lexington died on Aug. 4 at the age of
She attended Harvard on a National Science Foundation Fellowship and her professional life included director of health planning agencies and hospitals in Missouri and California. She wrote a biography about her father called “No Regrets: Dr. Ben Reitman and the Women Who Love Him.” She and her husband Alden moved to Lexington in 1998, according to an obituary on Legacy.com.
She is survived by her husband Alden; her daughters Holly and Laurel and her husband Greg Shenstone; her sisters Medina and her husband Herb Gross, Victoria and her husband Ed Kapp, and Olive and her husband Jerry Poliks, and many nieces and nephews.
Commemorations of her life will take place on Sunday, Oct. 20 at 2 p.m. at Follen Community Church in Lexington and on Sunday, October 13 at 3 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Elgin, IL.
Contributions in her memory can be made to need-based scholarship funds at The University of Chicago or another school.