Ashton Carter, former Defense Secretary for President Obama and Philadelphia native, Abington graduate, dies unexpectedly at 68

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — Former Secretary of Defense and native of Philadelphia Ashton Carter has died unexpectedly at the age of 68, according to his family.

Carter died Monday night in Boston of a “sudden heart attack.”

From February 2015 to January 2017 he was Secretary of Defense under former President Barack Obama.

Carter graduated from Abington Senior High School in Montgomery County.

Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter answers questions during a discussion with United States Navy personnel during a visit to San Diego Naval Base, February 3, 2016, in San Diego.

AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi

He earned a bachelor’s degree in physics and medieval history from Yale University and a PhD in theoretical physics from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Fellow.

He also served on the advisory boards of MIT’s Lincoln Laboratories and Draper Laboratory.

“I like dusty archives, learning to decipher manuscripts in medieval script, and learning all the languages ​​needed to read primary and secondary historical literature, especially Latin,” he wrote in an autobiographical sketch published by Harvard University in 2007 was when he was on the faculty of the Kennedy School of Government.

Carter served as a second-ranking Pentagon official from 2011-2013, spent two years as chief of technology and weapons procurement, and served as assistant secretary of defense for international security policy during Bill Clinton’s administration.

He preferred to be called Ash rather than his given name, Ashton.

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ABC News contributed to this report.

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