Dr. Charles D. Sanders, an educational psychologist who helped develop a nationally recognized master's degree program in rehabilitation counseling and training at Coppin State College in Baltimore, died Sunday of complications from diabetes at the Northwest Medical Center. The Ashburton resident was 64.
He joined Coppin's faculty in 1969 and at the time of his death was professor of education and psychology. In 1977, after the retirement of Dr. Sudhanso Mitra, who founded the rehabilitation and counseling program, he successfully managed the program through to accreditation.
"Coppin is one of the few black colleges in the country that offers this program," said Dr. Calvin W. Burnett, president of Coppin State. "There had been a shortage of African-Americans in the rehabilitation field and a large number of minorities were attracted to the program which Dr. Sanders eventually had accredited by the National Rehabilitation Council. Later, it received federal grants which gave it national prestige."
In describing Dr. Sanders' contributions to Coppin, Dr. Burnett said, "His role as an educational psychologist stands equal to that or exceeds his reputation in the management of the rehabilitation counseling program.
"I have never met anybody who could be considered a better person. He was an outstanding individual. . . .
"Secondly, in his field of educational psychology, there are few who were better prepared as a professor. He shored up the entire faculty and academic programs here at Coppin and was vvTC vital campus force," Dr. Burnett said.
Dr. Sanders was a consultant to the Baltimore Occupational Training Center, the Doxee Food Corp. and the Hotel Corporation of America; and developed a counseling and job placement program at the Westinghouse Learning Corp. He was adjunct professor at Morgan State and Howard universities and the University of the District of Columbia.
Some of his professional memberships included the American Psychological Associates, National Education Associates, the Higher Education Council of the Maryland State Teachers' Association and the Planning Committee of the President's Committee on the Employment of People With Disabilities.
Born and reared in Clayton, N.C., he was a 1948 graduate of William M. Cooper High School and valedictorian. He earned his bachelor's degree in 1952 from St. Augustine's College, his master's in 1953 from Springfield College and his doctorate from Oregon State University in 1963.
He began his academic career at Voorhees College, was director of student teaching at Fayetteville State University then dean of students at Bowie State University.
In 1958, he married the former Clarissa McIntosh, who died in 1975.
Services will be held at noon tomorrow at St. Mark's United Methodist Church, Liberty Heights Avenue and Garrison Boulevard in Baltimore, where he was a longtime member.
He is survived by a daughter, Renee Sanders Edwards of Gaithersburg; a brother, Harden Sanders of Raleigh, N.C.; and nine sisters, Lucy Ansley, Bettie Harris and Christine Hawkins, all of Baltimore, and Effie Lucas, Gertrude Avery, Mary Evans, Shirley Newkirk, Maatrie Judd and Maxine Williams, all of Raleigh.
Memorial donations may be made to the Dr. Charles D. Sanders Scholarship Fund, Coppin State College, 2500 W. North Ave., Baltimore 21216.