Cathy P. Salter could be counted on to show up for the annual pool party, baseball game or road trip with her friends in Cincinnati. Even when she moved to Brooklyn Heights nearly two years ago, that didn't change. "She was back almost once a month," said her friend Kim Ohl. She bought season tickets for Cincinnati Reds games. She volunteered to bring an opera cream cake to the fall wine tasting. Last spring, when it became clear that her 16-year-old dog, Babette, would not live much longer, Ms. Salter bundled her into the car and drove west to give her one last glimpse of Cincinnati.
An assistant vice president in the property claims department at Aon, Ms. Salter, 37, was known as "the superaunt" to her 11 nieces and nephews, pouring her energy into activities with them, said her younger sister, Lynda Kelley. She loved romantic movies like "The Cutting Edge," and celebrated Mardi Gras every year with a trip to New Orleans, accompanied by three or four friends.
Ms. Ohl spoke to her on Sept. 10. "Cathy called me and said, `What's the number for the Bonbonerie?' " That's a bakery in Cincinnati, and she wanted to order the cake she said she would bring to the wine party in October. She was planning to be there.
Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on March 24, 2002.