Bertram C. Dryden, the chief court security officer in U.S. District Court in Baltimore, died Tuesday at his home in Stevensville of a heart attack. He was 54.
A mass of Christian burial for Mr. Dryden will be offered at 11 a.m. tomorrow at St. Christopher's Catholic Church in Grasonville. Burial will follow at the Maryland Veterans' Cemetery in Hurlock.
A native of Marion, near Crisfield on the lower Eastern Shore, he graduated from Marion High School in 1953 and served in the Army for three years.
On his return home, he became a police officer in Baltimore but left 14 months later to join the State Police. He served the bulk of his 20-year career in the Executive Protection detail at the State House after a tour of duty at the Waterloo barracks, and was assigned to the Centreville barracks when he retired as a corporal.
An avid horse racing fan in his spare time, he worked at the federal courthouse as a court security officer for six years, most of that time as chief of the detachment.
Mr. Dryden is survived by his wife of 12 years, the former Deborah Wade; a daughter, Erin; a sister, Jane Witte of Columbia; and two brothers, Marion Bozman of Greenbackville, Va., and August Bozman of California.