Rev. Dr. Alexander Campbell Carmichel, 93, of DeWitt, died Saturday at the Nottingham. The Rev. Dr. Carmichel was born in New York City, graduated Syracuse University, Boston University School of Theology and received his doctorate from DePauw University. He was retired senior pastor of the DeWitt Community Church where he served for 42 years. Alex served in the Army Air Corps as Command Chaplain at Wright Patterson Field during WWII. Builder of a splendid church and a huge congregation, promoter of education, counselor to and friend of thousands, sum up his life. Following his retirement from DeWitt Community Church he served as interim pastor for numerous congregations, including Protestant Chaplain, Hendricks Chapel, Syracuse University. "Alex" celebrated his 70th Anniversary of ordained ministry this past June. He was a protege and personal friend of Dr. Norman Vincent Peale who described him as "one of the finest speakers and pastors the country has today." Alex was a prominent leader of interdenominational, interfaith, educational and civic organizations whose basic belief was that "people are great!" He was a founding Trustee of Onondaga Community College and an initiator of the OCC Foundation and served as President of both over a period 26 years. He was a member of countless community and state organizations including; Onondaga and New York State Heart Association, New York State Commissioner of Probation, United Negro College Fund, Urban League, first Police Commissioner Town of DeWitt, Chaplain DeWitt Fire Department, involved in Syracuse area Council of Churches, Director of Planned Parenthood Center, Member of the Onondaga County Medical Society Grievance Committee and a member of The Onondaga County Ethics Committee to name a few. He was predeceased by his wife Betty in 1996. Surviving are three sons, Rev. Alexander "Sandy" (Karen) of DeBary, Florida, Craig (Pam) of Brentwood, Tennessee, and Douglas (Gail) Carmichel of DeWitt, New York; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren; his sister, Anna Lou Palmer of Islesboro Maine, and several nieces and nephews. Services will be 11 a.m., Thursday, at DeWitt Community Church. Burial will be in the DeWitt Cemetery. Friends may call 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at DeWitt Community Church, 3600 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Contributions in his memory may be made to DeWitt Community Church Foundation, 3600 Erie Boulevard East , DeWitt, New York 13214 or Onondaga Community College Foundation, 4941 Onondaga Rd., Syracuse, NY 13215. Arrangements being handled by the Fairchild & Meech DeWitt Chapel.
Published in the Syracuse Post Standard on 11/1/2005.