Ms. Cartan was a first-generation American born to Swedish parents in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she graduated from St. Louis Park High School in 1943.
During World War II, she moved to California. A community leader and philanthropist, Ms. Cartan was known for her sense of humor and compassion, say family members. She was married for 32 years to Henry Cartan of Atherton. Mr. Cartan died in 2001.
Ms. Cartan is survived by children Leslie Shackleford, Linda Philpin, Karen Dunton, Henry Cartan IV, James Cartan, and Ian Cartan; brother Richard Bjorkland; and two grandchildren.
Contributions in Ms. Cartan's memory may be made to the Charles Armstrong School, 1405 Solana Drive, Belmont, CA 94002; American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718 Oklahoma City, OK 73123; and the American Heart Association, 1710 Gilbreth Road, Burlingame, CA 94010.