Presidential election season has arrived. I’ve enjoyed elections since I was a child, and in addition to learning more about the various candidates, I’m always intrigued by their spouses as well.
I haven’t yet settled on my candidate of choice for President, but one who I really like is Dr. Ben Carson. You don’t hear a lot about Dr. Carson’s wife, Candy, but I knew a bit about her from reading Ben’s autobiography, Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story (affiliate link).
Here are some facts about Candy Carson —
- Candy was born in Detroit and has 4 siblings. Her dad worked in a factory and her mom was a teacher.
- Ben and Candy met at a reception when Candy was a freshman at Yale, where Ben was a junior. Ben loved her laughter, her exuberance, and her friendliness, which complemented his more reserved nature. He thought, “That’s one good looking girl.”
- Candy is 5’7″.
- Candy played violin in the Yale Symphony. Her mom insisted each of the children learn to play an instrument, and Candy has done the same with her children.
- Although she was not a church-goer in her early life, she became a Seventh Day Adventist after meeting Ben. “They loved me into the faith,” she said of the people at their Adventist church.
- Candy double-majored at Yale, earning degrees in music and psychology. Ben says, “Candy is one of the brightest people I know, good at whatever she does.”
- Candy graduated from Yale in 1975, and she and Ben married on July 6, 1975. He was between his second and third years of med school at the University of Michigan at the time.
- While Ben was in med school, Candy held various jobs. She worked processing unemployment claims, worked for Connecticut General Insurance Company, sold vacuum cleaners, and worked as an editorial assistant for a chemistry professor at Johns Hopkins. While at Johns Hopkins, Candy earned an MBA.
- In 1981, Candy was expecting twins, which she miscarried at five months. Their son, named Murray Nedlands (Nedlands was the Australian suburb where they lived at the time), was born September 12, 1983.
- The Carsons’ second son, Benjamin Carson, Jr., was born May 26, 1985. The baby was born at home because they had no time to get to the hospital!
- Before they married, Ben warned Candy that his career as a doctor would necessitate lots of time away from home. “I can deal with that,” Candy said, and she has had the confidence and security to handle it for the past 40+ years. “You know that when he was away, he was saving lives.” She has kept busy with several pursuits; earning various degrees, and starting church choirs and instrumental ensembles. “Ben, I’m at home every night by myself, so I may as well go and do something,” she said.
- The Carsons’ third and final son, Rhoeyce, was born December 21, 1986.
- Asked in an interview whether she’d be first lady, Candy replied, “It’s up to God.”
- Ben and Candy have two grandchildren.
Do you know anything about Candy Carson? Who is your 2016 candidate of choice?