Michael R. Carter Sr., 57, community relations director

April 06, 2003|By Rebecca McClay | Rebecca McClay,SUN STAFF

Michael Robert Carter Sr., executive director of the Office of Community Relations for the Maryland State Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, died of multiple myeloma March 30 at Franklin Square Hospital. The Perry Hall resident was 57.

He was named executive director in 1983, and oversaw a variety of programs that provide health services for minorities and women and help for minority businesses. He founded and was chairman of the Minority Human Service Providers Consortium.

He was born in Baltimore and attended city public schools. He graduated from Frederick Douglass High School.

He served in the Army and the Maryland National Guard from 1968 to 1974.

He earned a bachelor's degree in sociology from Morgan State University in 1979 and did graduate work at Harvard University and George Washington University.

In 1969, he married Lucille Anderson, who survives him.

Mr. Carter's first position with the state was as a youth program group leader in a job-training program for high school dropouts.

He later was director of case management with the Maryland Human Relations Commission and was promoted to director of compliance programs for the Maryland Department of Personnel.

In 1988, after he lectured on health policy issues throughout the United States, Mr. Carter served as a consultant to government officials in South Africa.

He was president of the board of directors for HUB Inc., a Baltimore-based organization that promoted minority business development. He was also co-chairman of Mulberry Corridor Community Outreach Program.

He was a member of the Legislative Black Caucus, Equal Opportunity Task Force and the National Caucus and Center on Black Aged. He was a member of the governor's commission on poverty.

Mr. Carter enjoyed bicycle riding, roller-skating, swimming, bowling and baseball.

"My father loved to take long rides through the country," said his daughter, Jena Carter of Perry Hall. "He could just get in the car and end up in Pennsylvania. He never had a set destination."

Mr. Carter loved to read and watch sports events, his daughter said.

He lived in Loch Raven for 22 years and moved to Perry Hall in 2001.

He was a Jehovah's Witness. A service will be held at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 2400 Giles Road in Cherry Hill.

In addition to his wife and daughter, Mr. Carter is survived by his mother, Blanche Carter of Baltimore; a son, Michael Carter Jr. of Brooklyn, N.Y.; daughters Kendra Carter of Middle River and Torrie Carter of Perry Hall; a brother, Kevin Carter of Randallstown; three sisters, Sandra Robertson of Baltimore, Robin Carter of Baltimore and Crystal Carter of Harrisonburg, Va.; and three grandchildren.

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