Born in Baltimore, he was the son of Samuel Baxter and Lola Annen Baxter. He lived on Barclay Street and in Anneslie. He attended St. Mary's School in Govans, as well as Calvert Hall College High School and City College. He also studied at the old Baltimore Junior College.
As a young man, he was the night switchboard operator at the Highfield House apartments. He later worked at the Stewart & Co. department store and sold air conditioners and housewares.
He became a travel agent and consultant. He had worked for the Walch & Woltereck in Mount Vernon and later started his own travel company, Baxter and Gardner, in the Highfield House. Family members said he spent much of his career at Dietze & Renner.
Mr. Baxter enjoyed music and dancing. He often drove a Vespa scooter and traveled aboard the Queen Elizabeth II. One of his favorite destinations was Bermuda.
He was a member of the Center Club and was a board member of the Cambridge Club in Bermuda.
Plans for a celebration of his life are incomplete.
Survivors include his wife of 36 years, the former Frederica Boatwright; a brother, John W. Baxter of Catonsville; and a sister, Mary Baxter Krizansky of Columbia.