Mildred Glover, who served as an assistant dean at Morgan State University for nearly 15 years before retiring in 2005 and who ran an underdog campaign for president of the United States in 2004, died Wednesday of a heart attack at her home in Northeast Baltimore. She was 72.
Born Mildred William in Savannah, Ga., she served in the Georgia General Assembly for eight years, starting in the 1970s, before moving to Baltimore in 1989. Her presidential campaign, which her husband said was cut short because of illness, focused on finding jobs for the unemployed and ending the war in Iraq.
Dr. Glover, who lived in the Harford-Echodale/Perring Parkway neighborhood, graduated from what was then known as Savannah State College in 1962. Because she was black, she was forced to go out of state for her graduate education, and she earned a master's degree from New York University.
When the schools later loosened their restrictions, she returned to Georgia and received a doctorate in education from the University of Georgia in 1970.
In 1989, she took a job at Morgan State University's Earl G. Graves School of Business and Management, where she was in charge of the school's small-business development program. She later became an assistant dean and oversaw the school's Master of Business Administration program. After struggling with diabetes, she retired from Morgan State in 2005, her family said.
"She was a very focused person, dedicated, hardworking: a no-nonsense type of individual," said Otis A. Thomas, dean of Morgan's business school, who hired Dr. Glover.
Tragedy struck her family in January 1994, when her daughter and six of her daughter's children died in a fire at their Edmondson Village home. Her daughter's only surviving child, who was 6 years old and suffered severe burns, lived with Dr. Glover and her husband. The boy's recovery was the focus of a 1996 profile in The Sun.
A son, her only other child, died of bone marrow cancer in 2000 at age 44.
Dr. Glover was a champion of the poor. She ran for president in the 2004 Democratic primary and received 4,039 votes in Maryland.
Dr. Glover attracted attention in September 2003 when she tried unsuccessfully to take part in a debate among the candidates that took place at Morgan. According to an article at the time, Ms. Glover ran largely on a platform of creating a government jobs program similar to the Works Progress Administration of the 1930s.
At the time, she also believed the country should "cut its losses and bring the boys home" from Iraq. Family members said she was unable to stay committed to the campaign after doctors discovered she had a brain tumor.
Dr. Glover married William Hopkins Jr. in 1978 in the Georgia Statehouse. Mr. Hopkins, a car dealer in Atlanta at the time, said he wooed her after she came in to have her car repaired, and he let her use one of the vehicles on his lot. She invited him to be her date at an event at the governor's mansion, and the two spent hours talking at a late-night restaurant.
Before moving to Baltimore, Dr. Glover held a number of teaching positions in Georgia. She was an associate professor in the school of business at what was then called Atlanta University and served as an assistant professor at Savannah State.
She was previously married to Roland Glover of Georgia. The marriage ended in divorce, and Mr. Glover died in the 1970s, family members said.
A service will take place at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Morgan Interfaith Center on the Morgan State University campus.
In addition to her husband, Dr. Glover is survived by three stepchildren, William L. Hopkins III, Kelvin Bernard Hopkins and Cynthia Denise Hopkins, all of Las Vegas:. She is also survived by six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.