William R. “Max” Carey, Jr., 69, died Wednesday, May 24, 2017, at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, following a courageous 15 month battle with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. He leaves his wife of 45 years, Susan (Estes) Carey; his daughter, Elise Kelso and her husband Bryan; his daughter, Caroline Zuniga and her husband Jacob; his son, William R “Billy” Carey III and his wife Laura; his two brothers, Christopher Carey of Brooklyn NY and Michael Carey of Allendale NJ and their families; six grandchildren; and many close friends.
Raised in Allendale, New Jersey, the son of William R “Bill” Carey and Hertha (Birner) Carey, he attended Columbia University on a NROTC scholarship. A three year letter winner in football, he was an “All-Ivy League” Defensive Halfback in 1968 and set an NCAA record for Career Kick-off Returns in 1969. Entering the US Navy in July 1969, he rose to the rank of Lieutenant over a seven year career that included flying 100 missions over North Vietnam, completing more than 300 carrier landings and becoming one of the few elite fighter pilots to achieve Top Gun certification. He met his wife, Susan Estes, while stationed in Pensacola, Florida, during flight school.
In 1981, he founded Corporate Resource Development (CRD), a marketing and sales consulting firm. A few years after its inception, CRD was named to the INC 500 list of fastest-growing privately held companies in America. The challenges of balancing a successful business and a successful personal life are captured in his book “The Superman Complex.” Max also served on the Board of Directors for Outback Steakhouse, K-force, Inc, Crosswalk.com, and Lime Energy.
Max was a particularly passionate and gifted mentor, which is evidenced by the many people who attribute him with imparting life-changing wisdom and guidance. In 2000, he was a recipient of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award.
A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 pm on June 3rd at North Metro Church in Marietta (2305 Ernest W. Barrett Pkwy, NW, Marietta, GA 30064). In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
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