Rene Carpenter

member of the Astronaut Wives Club
Photograph of Rene Carpenter at Press Conference - NARA - 7479578 (cropped).jpg

Rene Carpenter (April 12, 1928 – July 24, 2020) was an American newspaper columnist and television personality. She was the wife of Scott Carpenter, one of the Mercury Seven astronauts.[1][2] She was part of the Astronaut Wives Club and was its last living member. She was born in Clinton, Iowa.[3]

In 1968, she campaigned for Robert Kennedy.[4] She had a syndicated women's page column, "A Woman, Still", and from 1972 to 1976, a television presenter, first with Everywoman, and then with Nine in the Morning.[3][4][5] She worked for Committee for National Health Insurance.[3]

Carpenter died on July 24, 2020, at a hospital in Denver from congestive heart failure, aged 92.[1][2] She was the last surviving member of the Astronaut Wives Club, after Annie Glenn died two months earlier.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Seelye, Katharine Q. (July 24, 2020). "Rene Carpenter, Astronaut's Wife Who Broke NASA Mold, Dies at 92". The New York Times. Retrieved July 24, 2020.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Schudel, Matt (July 24, 2020). "Rene Carpenter, astronaut's wife and D.C. television host, dies at 92". The Washington Post. Retrieved July 24, 2020.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Kelly, John (July 11, 2015). "Meet one of the real women from 'The Astronaut Wives Club'". The Washington Post. Retrieved May 20, 2020.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Fay, Martha (April 7, 1975). "Ex-Astronaut Wife Rene Is the Carpenter in the News Now". Retrieved May 20, 2020.
  5. MacPhersons, Myra (May 1, 1968). "Rene Carpenter Regards Conformity as a Big Bore". Retrieved May 23, 2020.