Carter Roulette

The Baltimore Sun

Carter Burwell Roulette, a financial adviser and a Morgan Stanley vice president, died Friday of undetermined causes at his home in Sparks. He was 35.

"We are waiting for the results of an autopsy to determine the cause of death," said his father, the Rev. Philip Burwell Roulette, retired rector of St. John's Episcopal Church in Glyndon and a Rodgers Forge resident.

Mr. Roulette was born in Baltimore and was raised in the St. John's rectory. He was a 1985 graduate of Calvert School and attended St. Paul's School and Franklin High School.

After leaving high school, he purchased a truck and established the Outdoorsmen, a landscaping business, with a friend.

In the early 1990s, he switched careers and took a position with Equitable Life Insurance Co., now AXA Advisors, and later went to work for PaineWebber and Smith Barney.

Since last year, Mr. Roulette had been working at Morgan Stanley.

"Carter was very personable and outgoing, which is the way you have to be in this business. And you have to listen to what your client wants and needs," said Thomas Schweitzer Jr., president of Brown Advisory Securities and a longtime friend.

As president of the Bond Club of Baltimore, Mr. Roulette organized a charity event that raised more money for University Hospital Pediatrics than the club had ever raised before, Mr. Schweitzer said.

Mr. Roulette was a member of the Maryland Club, Green Spring Valley Hunt Club and the Bachelors Cotillon. He was also a member of the Society of The Cincinnati and the Society of Colonial Wars.

"His death is so tragic. He was a wonderful young man," said Dr. Earl P. Galleher, a retired Baltimore urologist. "I'd see him quite frequently at the Maryland Club, and he always sought me out and I sought him out."

He added: "Carter always loved the history and traditions of the Maryland Club, where he had many close friends. He was a personable and outstanding young man who will be greatly missed."

Mr. Roulette enjoyed driving his black convertible Porsche.

"We both shared a passion for Porsches. It's their speed, that's what we liked about them. We had planned to attend the Bertil Roos Driving School at the Las Vegas Speedway this spring," said Robert H. Goldsborough Jr., owner of Guilford Citgo, and a longtime friend.

Mr. Goldsborough recalled how his friend enjoyed putting his Porsche on a lift and "tinkering around."

"However, mechanically, he was pretty much all thumbs," he said, laughing.

"I also knew Carter to be a wonderful husband and father, and I wanted to follow in his footsteps. He was so likable and full of life," Mr. Goldsborough said.

"He was also the kind of person who would bend over backward to do what he could to help someone," he said.

An outdoorsman, Mr. Roulette enjoyed waterfowl hunting and surf fishing at Broadkill Beach, Del.

"Carter read voraciously and was largely self-educated," his father said. "He was, at the time of his death, reading Josephine Tey's To Love and Be Wise, a 1950 novel about Richard III."

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Mount Calvary Episcopal Church, Eutaw and Madison streets.

Also surviving are his wife of six years, the former Lisa Zummo; two sons, David Gabriel DuVal Roulette, 3 1/2 , and Robert Carter Burwell Roulette, 10 months; his mother, Clover Purvis "Kitty" Roulette; and a brother, Randolph Byrd DuVal Roulette of Cedarcroft.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com

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