Carl Touchstone

Carl pacing Helen Klein at Western States

Carl at another ultra

Carl at Ice Age in Wisconsin, one of his favorite races

Brooke and Carl at Sunmart in 2000
Note Steve De Reamer giving victory sign in the background

Brooke and Carl at the Arkansas Traveler

Western States pictures

Here Steve De Reamer and Carl prepare to start  

Norm and Helen Klein (Western States Race Directors)
greet Carl as he finishes

Carl getting weighed 

Carl after finishing

Steve De Reamer after finishing

Carl was an early supporter of the Longleaf Trace, a 41 mile long 
rails-to-trails conversion, which runs from Hattiesburg to Prentiss 

Never Quit on the Uphill - a poem by Carl Touchstone

His Mountain - a poem to Alex Touchstone, in memory of Carl

See articles from 2000 in the Gulf Coast Running Club and Mississippi Track Club newsletters

Carl Touchstone 

GULFPORT - Dr. Carl A. Touchstone, 59, of Gulfport, died Tuesday, June 6, 2000, in Gulfport.

Dr. Touchstone was born in Gulfport and was a former longtime resident of Laurel.

He was a 1958 graduate of Hattiesburg High School and attended the University of Southern Mississippi where he served as president of Phi Eta Sigma Scholastic Fraternity and president of Kappa Alpha Fraternity and was a member of ODK Leadership and Scholastic Fraternity and Pi Kappa Pi Honorary Scholastic Fraternity. He graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry in June 1964, first in his class. He was a member of OKU Dental Scholastic Fraternity, had a Research Fellowship in Biochemistry, served as President of the Student Body, University of Tennessee Medical Units, and received the International College of Dentists Outstanding Student Award. He received a Masters in Orthodontics in 1966 from the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry and has taught at the University of Tennessee and the University of Mississippi Dental Schools and practiced orthodontics in offices in Laurel and Gulfport.

Dr. Touchstone was a former member and deacon at the First Baptist Church of Laurel and was a member of St. Peters by-the-Sea Episcopal Church in Gulfport; was an Eagle Scout and Scoutmaster; President of Jones County Heart Association and was on the Board of Directors of the MS Chapter of the American Heart Association and served as President of Laurel Rotary Club (1995-1996); and previously served in the U.S. Army.

He was a private pilot with commercial, instrument and multi-engine ratings and was a long distance runner, having run over 150 marathons and 65 ultra marathons.

He was a member of American Dental Association; MS Dental Association; Third District Dental Society in Laurel; Dental Society; Greater Gulfport Dental Society; American Association of Orthodontics; Southern Society of Orthodontics; and MS Society of Orthodontics; a former member of MS Running Club; and Gulf Coast Running Club.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Carlisle Bayard and Kathleen Hunt Touchstone; and a brother, Isaac Powell Touchstone.

Survivors include his wife, Brooke Alexander Touchstone of Gulfport; daughters, Kathleen Wood Touchstone-Pearson and her husband, Mark of Nashville, TN, and Kristine Webb Lutz of Tupelo, MS; sons, Dr. Carl Alexander Touchstone Jr. and his wife, Kim of Diamondhead, Bradley Carr Touchstone and his wife, Michelle of Tallahassee, FL, and Justin Reed Touchstone of New Orleans, LA; a brother, Dr. William Carlisle Touchstone of Belzoni, MS; an aunt, Christine McCoy of Gulfport; and his beloved dog, Honeysuckle.

Carl's funeral service was Thursday June 8th 2000, followed by interment in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens in Gulfport. Honorary pallbearers were members of the MS Running Club and the Gulf Coast Running Club.

The family prefers memorials to U. S. U. Fund, 430 Security Square, Gulfport, MS 39507.