Dina Carter was born in Greensboro, North Carolina. Originally named Diane, she took the name Dina after her converstion and aliyah to Israel in 1990. She earned degrees from Duke University, majoring in Anthropology, and the University of North Carolina with a masters in Social Work. A librarian and archivist at the Jewish National and University Library at Givat Ram, she was also an accomplished artist and sculptor. On July 31, 2002, she was at the Hebrew University Mt. Scopus campus in order to take a Hebrew language exam as a pre-requisite to starting a library science program. She was killed in the bombing of the university cafeteria and the only one of the five American victims to be buried in Israel. At her funeral, U.S. Ambassador Daniel Kurtzer noted that we can learn from Dina Carter's life that we 'have the ability to make choices and to live our lives as we see fit.' She was 38 years old.
To honor her memory, The Diane Carter Memorial Fund was created. The mission of the fund is to support causes that The Trustees feel Diane would approve.