Sandra Carter, 45, accountant at college

July 04, 2002|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF

Sandra D. Carter, an accountant at Baltimore City Community College, died of a cerebral hemorrhage June 26 at Union Memorial Hospital. The Baltimore resident was 45.

She began working in the college's accounting department in 1990 and was promoted two years later to accounts payable supervisor. She previously had worked for the Baltimore City Housing Department

"She had a very high work ethic and was dedicated to serving the college and students," said Shirlene L. Snowden, the college's vice president for administration. "She operated with a kind spirit that you don't always find in the work place."

Born in Trinidad, Ms. Carter came to the United States when she was 17. She soon enrolled in Northwestern High School and graduated a year later in 1974. She continued her education at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, where she earned a bachelor's degree in economics.

"She always had a mind for business and mathematics," said a sister, Allison Gittens of Baltimore. "But more importantly, she always cared about the people she did business with and how she impacted their lives."

Ms. Carter had planned to pursue a master's degree and had enrolled at UMBC for the fall.

At BCCC, Ms. Carter was particularly concerned with securing financial aid for students who could not otherwise continue their education and she often followed those students' careers, said Ms. Gittens.

"She really cared about the students who had no one to stand by them," said Ms. Gittens.

Henry Featherstone, BCCC executive director of accounting and financial services, said Ms. Carter often organized work-study programs for students and served as a mentor. "She never missed a graduation in all her time here."

A longtime member of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Northwest Baltimore, she had served many years as treasurer of its board of trustees.

Services are at 11 a.m. Friday at the church, 3200 Walbrook Ave. The family has requested memorial donations to a BCCC scholarship fund for business students established in her name.

Survivors include her daughter, Nicole Alfred of Baltimore; mother, Irma Carter of Baltimore; another sister, Ann Clarke of Baltimore; and four brothers, Kelvin and Llewellyn Carter, both of Baltimore, Frederick Carter of St. Croix, Virgin Islands, and Earl Carter of Alberta, Canada.

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