She began her tenure at the School of Law in 1983. During her 26 years as a member of the staff, Shorter served as executive assistant to seven Law School deans, including Rick Kirgis, Randy Bezanson, Barry Sullivan, David Partlett, Mark Grunewald, Brian Murchison, and Rod Smolla.
She was born Feb. 10, 1941, in Rockbridge County, the daughter of Ralph McCullough and Margaret Smith McCullough. Surviving are her husband, Clifford W. "Buck" Shorter, and children Tony Shorter of Lexington and Stephanie Shorter Maddox of Amherst; her sister, Barbara London, of Lexington and brother, Robert McCullough, of South Boston; and four grandchildren.
The funeral was held on Monday, Jan. 17, 2011, at Lexington Baptist Church, with burial at Rockbridge Memorial Gardens. The family has asked that donations in Carole's memory be made to the Lexington Baptist Church Building Fund.