Carlos was born in Brooklyn, New York and his father was a physician who graduated medical school in 1929, and his mother a nurse that served Hispanics and African-Americans. He first learned of racial hatred and discrimination through the stories his father told him. His most vivid memory is the look in his father’s eyes when, as a physician of color, he was not allowed to treat White patients until after WWll. It is these memories that drove Carlos to fight racism and discrimination.
Carlos graduated from college in 1972 and joined the Army. There was much discrimination in the Army at this time and to fight it the Army created a program known as the Race Relations Program. He volunteered to be the Race Relations Officer for all of the American forces in Turkey along with his job as a Platoon leader and translator. This job required him to give classes to American Soldiers across Turkey in minority history, culture, civil rights, and culture. Because of the success of his classes and the improvement of the racial climate he received a military award.
He left the Army in 1976 to continue his education and received his Doctorate in Mathematics in 1987. In 2000 he was selected to be a Chaplain at the United States Military Academy where, along with his Chaplain duties, taught Calculus, Differential Equations, and Quantum Logic to the Cadets. During this time, he served two tours in Iraq and during the first tour he gave a seminar on Quantum Logic at the Mosul University. Retired from the Army, he teaches mathematics at Bloomfield College, a predominantly Black and Hispanic college, in Bloomfield, New Jersey. Also, to fulfill other dreams, Carlos has attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts where he studied acting and received a B.A (writing) from The New School in New York. He also has studied playwriting at The Barrow Group Performing Arts Center and has written several plays on discrimination, female contributions to mathematics, and the loss and trauma caused by war.
“I thank you for offering me this honor, but I am not sure I deserve it. I will not feel bad if you find someone else worthier. But I thank you even for the consideration. That itself is a high honor”