After 31 years at Mystic Seaport: The Museum of America and the Sea, with seven years as Chief Curator and 23 of as Director and President, Revell, who has degrees from Rutgers and the University of Pennsylvania, retired in 2001. Since then he has written two books, has a third underway, and lectures at sea for Road Scholar and Holland America Lines. He has assisted several organizations with strategic planning. It was from a plan he developed for Acequia Madre House™ that the concept for WISC emerged. FULL PROFILE > J. Revell Carr received degrees from Rutgers University and the University of Pennsylvania, and served as a Lieutenant in the US Navy, aboard the destroyer USS DeHaven in the Pacific and as a naval history instructor at Officer Candidate School. He also studied Strategic Management of Non-profit Organizations at the Harvard University Business School.
In a 31-year career at Mystic Seaport, the Museum of America and the Sea, Revell was Chief Curator for eight years and the museum’s Director and President for 23 years. During his tenure at Mystic Seaport, he served as President of both the Council of American Maritime Museums and the International Congress of Maritime Museum. Revell has served on numerous national committees and boards including the American Association of Museums Accreditation Commission and is a Trustee Emeritus of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. He Chaired the National Maritime Heritage Task Force and has advised numerous maritime museums in the United States and abroad including advising the U.S. Secretary of the Navy and the governments of Great Britain and France.
He is the author of numerous articles and two non-fiction books. “All Brave Sailors” was published by Simon & Schuster and by a number of publishers abroad. Walter Cronkite, in commenting on “All Brave Sailors” said, “Revell Carr is one of the world’s outstanding maritime historians. It turns out he writes like a prize-winning novelist.” His book, “Seeds of Discontent”, was published by Walker & Co. in 2008. He is at work on a new book.
In 2000, he was named “Nathanielzz Bowditch Maritime Historian of the Year” by the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. He lives in Santa Fe where he has helped establish the Women’s International Study Center at Acequia Madre House™. He serves as a trustee of Santa Fe Pro Musica, and Veterans Helping Homeless Veterans. In addition, he spends approximately three months at sea each year serving as a lecturer for Elderhostel/Road Scholar and Holland America Lines.