Robert Solomon Carson is known to the world as the father of the world-famous neurosurgeon, Ben Carson, who also served as the 17th United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.
Robert Solomon Carson’s Family
Robert Solomon Carson was born on 27 December 1914, in Georgia, United States. He met and later married Sonya, who was 15 years his junior. Sonya Robinson Copeland was born on Dec. 24, 1928, and grew up in rural Tennessee. She married Robert, 28, at the age of 13. Both of them came from large families in rural Georgia.
After Robert finished his military service, they moved from Chattanooga, Tennessee, to Detroit. The couple was blessed with 2 sons, Curtis and Ben. The family rose to stardom and is known throughout the world because of their son, Ben who became very successful in his life and career. Benjamin Solomon Carson Sr. was born on September 18, 1951. It was revealed that Robert had a prior family and had not divorced his first wife. So, in 1959, Robert and Sonia were divorced and separated. Sonya and her two sons moved in with an older sister in Boston, Massachusetts.
Ben grew up in a poor, single-parent household and managed to become a successful doctor and political figure. He credits his mother who had a very significant role in shaping his career. Ben and his wife, fellow Detroit native Lacena “Candy” Rustin, met in 1971 as students at Yale University and married in 1975. Together, the couple has three sons (Rhoeyce, Benjamin Jr., and Murray), as well as several grandchildren.
Robert died on 29 August 1992 from Parkinson’s disease, a neurological disorder. On 6th Nov. 2017, Sonia passed away at 88.
Robert Solomon Carson’s Net Worth
Robert Solomon Carson, a former World War II U.S. Army veteran was a Baptist minister. He later took a job as a clerk in a Cadillac automobile plant. He was the biological father of the famous neurosurgeon, Ben Carson.
Ben is a retired neurosurgeon and politician who served as the 17th United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development from 2017 to 2021. A pioneer in the field of neurosurgery, he was a candidate for President of the United States in the 2016 Republican primaries. He performed the first successful separation of conjoined twins who were attached at the back of the head (occipital craniopagus twins). Ben also refined a technique known as hemispherectomy, in which one-half of the brain is removed to prevent seizures in persons with severe epilepsy.
Ben received numerous awards during his career, including the 2008 Presidential Medal of Freedom. He was the subject of the 2009 made-for-television movie Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story. Surrounding his confirmation as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Ben bought a $1.22 million home in Vienna, Virginia, in February 2017. He has a net worth of $40 million.