Charles Robert Salters, a retired assistant dean of graduate studies at Morgan State University, died of lung and brain cancer Sunday at his home in Randallstown. He was 56.
Mr. Salters, known to friends as "Bobby," worked for Morgan State as a science instructor and administrator from 1972 until his retirement in April.
Friends and colleagues said he was exceptionally devoted to the university and its students, frequently reaching into his own pocket to help buy textbooks or other supplies for those who needed assistance.
"He is one of the most passionate, understanding, caring individuals I have ever met in my life," said Clayton C. Stansbury, professor emeritus of psychology and university marshal at Morgan. "He will be sorely, sorely missed."
Mr. Salters was born and raised in St. Stephen, S.C., north of Charleston.
After earning a bachelor of science degree in biology from South Carolina State University in 1965, he joined the Army.
He served in Korea for two years and attained the rank of captain.
In 1968, after returning to the United States, he married Vivian Emma Governor of St. Stephen.
Mr. Salters earned a master's degree in science education from Atlanta University in 1971 and moved to Baltimore the following year to teach science education at Morgan.
For a time, he was a student as well as a teacher at Morgan. He received a master's degree in administration and educational supervision from the university in 1977.
In 1985, Mr. Salters received a doctorate in science education from the University of Maryland, College Park.
In 1989, he began annual summer consulting stints for the Department of Defense, teaching courses on hazardous materials. This assignment took Mr. Salters to the former Soviet Union and East Asia as well as various parts of the United States.
He became an assistant dean at Morgan in 1996, a position in which he certified master's and doctoral students for graduation.
Mr. Salters was an active member of the King's Park Neighborhood Association and Union Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Randallstown.
Charlotte B. Little, a neighbor, said, "If he knew that someone was alone, he would just drop by and say, 'Hello, do you need anything today?' Bobby was always thinking about other people and doing things for other people."
Ms. Little said Mr. Salters was an avid gardener, raising tomatoes, corn, green beans and other backyard crops.
Services for Mr. Salters will be held at 11:30 a.m. tomorrow at Union Bethel AME Church, 8615 Church Lane.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Dorian Monte Governor Salters, and a daughter, Bobvita Shawntrea Salters, both of Baltimore; three brothers, Donald J. Salters of Charleston, Armstead L. Salters of Atlanta and Benjamin Wilson of Lanes, S.C.; and a sister, Willie Mae Mitchell of Charleston.