Louis Carr is one of our many unique volunteer members of the Senior Center. Every spring-time he volunteers to assist our Members and Community to compile their Annual Income Tax returns with AARP Tax-Aide. When the Senior Center announces their Yard Sales, Louis is Johnny-on-the-spot helping to set up every sales event. In the past Louis’ community volunteer projects have been at UVA Children’s Hospital enriching youth literacy and reading aloud. On the second Tuesday of the month he attends a Financial Course at the Center.
But then, Louis is no stranger to a busy life; he had already begun work with the Federal Government modifying the systems for the Defense Department while he was still enrolled in the five year program at Drexel University in Philadelphia, and later, completing his Master's Degree in Physics at Carnegie Mellon University. He continued this project until 2004.
In 1979, Louis left the Northeast to work for The Texas Instrument Company in Dallas, Texas. During his stay in Texas Louis married his wife Maryanne, and in 1982 welcomed a daughter into his life, and, then, in 1984 a son. He felt that Dallas was too distant from the northeast, and, too much of his time was spent commuting to and from his job.
He fondly remembers the 1978 Pontiac Sunbird he got, when his wife got a new car, and he got the 'hand me down' Sunbird. He enjoyed the music of the Beetles and Bob Dylan when they were introduced to the young people of the day.
And, so, in 1984 Louis moved to Northern Virginia to work for The American Management Systems Company (which was later bought by CACI).
In 1986 Louis was employed by the state accounting group, Federal Financial System (FFS) for the State of New Hampshire and the City of Vancouver.
In 1987 Louis worked for the Department of Interior, their first client was the Government Accounting Office (GOA), the I.R.S., and the Veterans Affairs Department, as a Development Manager where he upgraded their systems to meet their particular needs.
From 1989 to 2007 Louis was a Financial Systems Consultant and Tax Consultant for Veterans Affairs where he managed twenty five employees.
In 1999 Louis' work included upgrading the U.S. Courts software for the Y2K transition.
In 2004 the FFS project Louis was working on took on another client, which provided a transfer to the Department of Defense (DOD), to modify and accommodate their systems.
A Charlottesville resident since 2009, we appreciate the help he continues to offer our membership and Center.