A pavilion on the Atlantic City Boardwalk was named in Nadine Boggs Carpenter’s honor for service and dedication to Atlantic City. Throughout her life Nadine dedicated her energies to improving economic and social conditions for her fellowman.
A resident of Atlantic City for seventy-five years, Nadine distinguished herself as a church leader, business woman, social activist, politician, and city administrator. She began her career in public service as an administrator of parks and playgrounds. She was later promoted to supervisor of Atlantic City Municipal Buildings, a position she held for over thirty-seven years. She served eight mayors and six directors of public works who spoke highly of her efficiency and management skills.
Nadine was the recipient of many awards including the National Sojourner Truth Award, Mary Church Terrell Award. Outstanding Republican Woman of the Year, Northside Business and Professional Women’s Club Community Service, the Chapel of the Four Chaplains Award and Grandmother of the Year.
Nadine joined Hamilton Memorial United Methodist Church and was a member for over seven decades. She and Fred, her husband, were the proprietors of Carpenter’s Neighborhood Store and Rooming House. They provided housing and access to employment for college students seeking summer jobs. They also acted as surrogate parents to these students.
As president of the Hap Farley Second Ward Republican Club for over thirty years and a member of the Atlantic County Republican Executive Committee as well as a member of the NAACP she advocated on behalf of the least served in her community. Her warm, sensitive personality coupled with a dynamic and compassionate nature served her well when representing her constituents.
Nadine and Fred Harrison Carpenter had four children: the late Bessie J Oliver, Robert H. Carpenter and F. Ronald Carpenter. Jean F. Martin is the only surviving child.
Nadine’s grandson, William "Chip" Forth, provided this biographical information and the Atlantic City Boardwalk Holocaust Memorial team is indebted to him for his constant support of our effort.
A plaque honoring Nadine will be a permanent part of the Memorial.
“I look at it (the use of the Nadine Boggs Carpenter Pavilion) as making use of the property. The Boardwalk is the most traveled pedestrian thoroughfare in the nation. We need to diversify that experience.”
Honorable Lorenzo T. Langford
Mayor of Atlantic City