Richard O. Dunn, retired state police captain, dies

September 08, 1991

Retired Capt. Richard O'Halloran Dunn, who headed the Maryland State Police division at the Baltimore-Washington International Airport, died Monday at his home in Randallstown after a two-year bout with cancer. He was 61.

A native of Baltimore, Mr. Dunn had lived in Randallstown since 1957.

He served with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Korea before joining the state police. He graduated from the Maryland State Police Academy in 1954.

He met his wife of 36 years, the former Mary Joan Zipprian, while at the police academy. She worked in the finance division at state police headquarters in Pikesville before their marriage.

Mr. Dunn received an associate degree in criminology from Catonsville Community College. He graduated from the Southern Police Institute at the University of Louisville, Ky., in 1970.

In 1973, Mr. Dunn received a Governor's Commendation from Marvin Mandel for leading a tactical unit that freed 14 hostages taken by inmates of the Patuxent Institution. He also received a commendation from Alabama Gov. George C. Wallace after the state police handled the assassination attempt on Gov. Wallace in Laurel in 1972.

Mr. Dunn was commander of the BWI Airport Division when he retired from the state police in 1982 after 28 years of service.

He had also worked at Waterloo, Randallstown, Valley and Bel Air barracks.

He spent much of his retirement on the golf course. He and his wife were members of the Wakefield Valley Golf Club in Westminster.

Mr. Dunn remained a member of the Maryland State Troopers Association and the Maryland State Police

Alumni Association.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Mary Katherine Dunn, of Parkville; two sons, Michael O'Halloran Dunn and Steven Patrick Dunn, both of Randallstown; a grandson, Timothy O'Halloran Dunn; two sisters, Eleanor Dunn and Raye Hann, both of Baltimore; two brothers, Melvin Waryasz, of Perry Hall, and Charles Canavan, of Reisterstown.

He was also the brother of the late Rita Porter and Joseph Dunn.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered Thursday at Holy Family Church in Randallstown.

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