Richard Carter Jr., 74, builder, developer

September 04, 2006

Richard G. Carter Jr., a builder and shopping center developer, died of a stroke Tuesday at the Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. He was 74 and lived in Cockeysville.

He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and moved to Maryland in the early 1940s. He graduated from Kenwood High School in 1948 and attended night school at the former Baltimore Junior College. He later started Richard Carter Concrete with his father.

He married Jean Matherly in 1950 and a few years later entered the Naval Reserves, where he served for five years as a dental assistant.

Mr. Carter opened Dorment and Carter Enterprises, a development company, in the 1960s. The company closed more than 10 years ago, and Mr. Carter then went into business with his sons-in-law.

Over the years, he built homes and developed land in Baltimore, Harford and Carroll counties.

In Baltimore County, he built and owned Perry Hall Shopping Center, Northview Shopping Center and Hawthorne Plaza Shopping Center.

Mr. Carter could often be found aboard his boat, Carter's Ark, from which he enjoyed deep-sea fishing. He regularly participated in the White Marlin Open in Ocean City - one year he caught a record tuna. In the winter, Mr. Carter and his family would often sail to Key Largo, Fla., and fish.

"He was a great dad - he gave us everything," said a daughter, Paige Horsman of Hunt Valley. "He had a tremendous influence in our lives, and he was very loving and caring."

Mr. Carter was a member of the Eastern Yacht Club, where he served as commodore, and of the Baltimore Yacht Club.

A service was held Saturday.

In addition to his wife and daughter, he is survived by four other daughters, Victoria Carter of Parkville, Michele Pollock of Hunt Valley, Kandice Pyle of Phoenix, Kimberly Troop of Parkton; 14 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. A son, Richard G. Carter III, died in 1963.

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