Judy McCarter died Monday, April 4, 2022, after an illness and complications from uterine carcinosarcoma. Born in Sydney, Australia, in 1946, she was raised in South Africa and moved to the United States in 1972 with her then husband, Roger, who had accepted a faculty position at the new medical school at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio . After their son, Jonathan, was born they both became naturalized American citizens and made San Antonio their home.
Judy had a successful career in public relations and communication, first at USAA and then in partnership with Jim Dublin starting in 1980. Dublin-McCarter & Associates grew to become the largest PR firm in the region, attracting clients well beyond San Antonio. In 1996, she left to become senior vice president of marketing at Frost Bank, where she served on the executive committee of the prestigious banking, investment, and insurance firm. After three years of corporate work, she decided to return to consulting work with its rich variety and opportunity for self-direction.
She was endlessly curious, loved change and new challenges, and felt fortunate her career allowed the freedom to pursue her interests. An insatiable reader, Judy loved books and believed them to be critical to her sense of self. Both books and her ability to listen made her a wise and empathetic counselor to so many friends and clients over the years. She had a unique ability to interact with people on all levels, many close friendships in San Antonio and maintain others all over world by email and letter. Writing came easily to her and was the foundation for her professional achievement.
Judy loved dogs and gardening, both of which were the hallmarks of life at her home in San Antonio, where she lived for almost 50 years. She met her husband, Calvin Finch, who survived her, through the Master Gardener program and they enjoyed a life close to the earth, as well as a succession of West Highland White Terriers. Travel was important to her, and besides their home away from home on the water in Rockport, she particularly loved France. In her later years, she drove across the country in a fitted-out travel van, staying at state parks and enjoying the remote beauty of her adopted land.
She is survived by her husband, Calvin, and her son and daughter-in-law, Jonathan and Shannon McCarter, and her granddaughter Moira; her stepson, Stacy Finch, and granddaughter Avary; her stepdaught, Jessica Massey, and Kayerleigh and Kyden. She is also survived by her siblings, Michael, Sean, and Deirdre Edwards. The family wishes to thank Yolanda Castellano for her friendship and loving care during the years of Judy’s illness.
The family will hold a memorial for Judy at 3pm on Monday, April 11 at Christ Lutheran Church in Alamo Heights. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials go to the Dreamhill Estates Education Resource Center, % Gloria Kelly, 4827 East Beverly Mae, San Antonio, Texas 78229, or to a charity of one’s choice.
Published by Express-News on Apr. 10, 2022.