Lula O. Carter

12/28/1926 - Present

 Inducted 2005


Lula O. Carter is a teacher, inventor and writer with a special passion for nurturing creativity in children. She taught in the school system of her native Dayton for over 20 years, and published two books. She is, however, perhaps best known as an inventor. In 1960 she received a U.S. patent for the “portable nursery chair,” and in 1990 she was authorized to establish a Dayton affiliate of the National Patent Law Association. This non-profit group fosters the development, training and education of minority business-persons in the patent, copyright and trademark areas; publishes and disseminates information about patents, copyrights and trademarks to minority groups, especially to young people; nurtures minority practitioners in the field; and promotes greater understanding of the fields of intellectual and industrial property. With her lifelong focus on nurturing creativity in the young, Lula Carter has had a key role in insuring that Dayton’s climate of invention continues into the next generation.