David C. Carter, the president of the United States Beet Sugar Association since 1975 and a founding member of several trade groups, died Thursday at his home in Derwood, Md. He was 61.
His wife, Alice, said he died of cancer.
Mr. Carter was born in Texas and reared in Gallup, N.M. He graduated from San Jose State University with a degree in journalism and public relations.
After serving in the Air Force, he began his career in the sugar industry in the mid-1950s.
He became president of the Beet Sugar Association in 1975. He was the industry's adviser to the Sugar Alliance, a trade organization that he helped found. He led the organization from 1983 to 1984 and again from 1987 to 1988.
In addition to his wife, his survivors are two daughters, Kathleen Gorman of Ellicott City and Jennifer Tighe of San Francisco, and two grandsons.