Carroll’s thoughtful and conceptually-oriented writings reveal a continuing interest in a participatory sociology, the Jesuits, the participatory endeavors of youth, the compass of sociology as a discipline, religion, and the well-being of the elderly. Members of the Association for the Sociology of Religion remember him as the editor of the journal, Sociological Analysis (1973-1980), in many respects defining the character of the journal which typifies it to this day, under the name Sociology of Religion. He served as president of the Association in 1980.

Carroll J. Bourg (1928-2015) – A Tribute by Anthony J. Blasi