Fifty-four years ago, on April 27, 1963, Herb and Gina Carlton drove to Pitt County Memorial Hospital in Greenville, North Carolina. Nineteen minutes later, a determined Nora Elizabeth Carlton entered the world, delivered by a nurse, and Herb and Gina had their beloved “Sweetie Bug.” That energetic beginning set the pattern for Beth’s life. At J.H. Rose High School, Beth was fortunate to have Ms. Gant for math, found that math helped her understand the world, and that she was good at it. This led Beth to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where in 1985 she earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematical Sciences with the Computer Science option. Hers was the first class to use Apple computers instead of punch cards. After college she first worked as a software designer at Bell-Northern Research in Research Triangle Park. There she won the president’s “Award of Excellence” for her work coordinating the development efforts of three BNR labs on the telecommunication industry’s first public speech recognition system (able to understand “yes,” “no”, and “OK”). Beth then leveraged her technical background, business acumen, and creativity into positions in customer support in Washington, DC for Northern Telecom (later Nortel). Beth’s professional prowess soon prompted her employer to pay her way through Duke’s Fuqua Business School, where she was named a Fuqua Scholar in 1995. Armed with an MBA, Beth then applied her passion for marketing at Nortel, VMWare, Extreme Networks, and most recently, Cumulus Networks. In each case, Beth’s sense of responsibility, integrity, and drive inspired those with whom she worked. Beth was especially proud of her work mentoring others, both as part of Nortel’s Leadership Edge program and otherwise. Many have acknowledged her role in shaping their career paths; Beth was an exemplary manager, mentor, and colleague. Beth had a life-long love of travel, adventure, and exploration, with a special affinity for sea turtles and volcanoes. Her activities included catching (and releasing) a marlin at Cabo San Lucas; flying kites at Jockey’s Ridge and El Morro; windsurfing the Canadian Hole; rafting the Pacuare; diving Rota; and snorkeling the Berlengas and the Dry Tortugas. Special hikes included Half Dome, the Wilburn Ridge Trail, and to the top of Akaka Falls and the base of Hi’ilawe Falls in Hawaii. Her favorite places included Grayson Highlands; Buxton, NC; Culebra; Santorini; Claremont, NH; and Calella de Palafrugell. She swam in the Blue Grotto. She had her most expensive sandwich at the Inn at Little Washington, where she also used the most number of pieces of silverware in a single meal. In the 1990s, building on her childhood ballet lessons and her sense of rhythm from playing flute and piccolo in high school band, Beth became an excellent dancer, particularly in East Coast Swing and Lindy Hop. On her wedding night in 1996, she and Dean got trapped by snow at the Hickory Holiday Inn on their way to a Big Band Dance Weekend at the Grove Park Inn, and were fortunate to instead dance at the Lake Hickory Shag Club’s Winter Boogie IX. In 1997 she took a turn dancing with Frankie Manning, one of the founders of Lindy Hop, on his birthday. In 1998 Beth appeared as a dance extra in a local movie production, “Chesterfield”, which despite her dancing efforts was neither a commercial nor critical success. Beth especially enjoyed dancing to “Sing, Sing, Sing”, “Moondance”, and “Bei Mir Bist Du Schön” (Janis Siegel version). Beth was fond of helping children. In Chapel Hill, she helped lead children’s chapel, a Girl Scout Troop, and liked to cook at the Ronald McDonald House. For a number of years she coordinated efforts at Nortel to gather and present Christmas gifts for the children at the Central Children’s Home of North Carolina. In 2006 she traveled to Tegucigalpa to volunteer at the El Hogar boys’ home and school, where she entertained the boys by making balloon animals and swords. In 2011 she travelled to Accra, Ghana to install donated IT equipment in schools there. Beth brought two children, Alex and Jackie, into the world. Jackie inherited her mother’s energy and determination and arrived in record time, in a doctor’s office. A skilled seamstress from her high school job at Fashion Fabrics, Beth made Alex’s baptismal onesie and Jackie’s baptismal gown herself. Beth proudly celebrated both her children’s substantial academic and athletic accomplishments, putting in many miles en route to swim meets and volleyball tournaments, camera in hand to photograph the events. In June 2015 Beth was diagnosed with a brain tumor – glioblastoma. She approached this treatment time with the same verve and glass-half-full mentality that she did the rest of her life. She presented on “A Patient Perspective” at the Duke Fuqua School of Business to MD-MBA students, and also on treatment at the Brain Tumor Center to Duke first-year med students. She poured energy into fundraising for Angels Among Us in support of the Brain Tumor Center. She also focused on writing, mainly through her Brain Tumor Journey blog. Beth died June 27, 2017, leaving her mother, Virginia Gray Carlton of Greenville, brother Roy Oliff Carlton (wife Susan Williams) of Greenville, brother Jim Carlton (Linda) of Clarkston Michigan, husband, Dean Broz, son Alex and daughter Jackie, as well as their beloved pets, Vega, Sparky, and Rover. Her many friends will miss her vivacity. She was predeceased by her dad, Herb Carlton, whom she loved and very much admired. We expect she is rejoicing at being reunited with him. Her ashes were buried in the churchyard of the Chapel of the Cross, 304 E. Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC on Sunday, July 2, 2017. Beth donated her corneas to Miracles in Sight to restore sight to two blind people. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider donating in Beth’s honor to El Hogar, which rescues children from lives of hunger and desperation on the streets of Honduras (El Hogar Ministries, Inc., 21 Cummings Park Drive, Suite 238, Woburn, MA 01801; www.elhogar.org/). Ever the optimist, she would be thrilled to know that her passing will benefit others.