Harold C. Witherite Sr., a retired Social Security Administration official, died Dec. 23 at the Anne Arundel Medical Center after a blood vessel burst. He was 84 and lived in Cape St. Claire.
A memorial service will be held tomorrow at 2 p.m. at the Cape St. Claire United Methodist Church.
He retired in 1977 as an administrator in the Bureau of Old Age and Survivors Insurance, having been transferred to Social Security after it was established in 1935.
He joined the federal government in 1930, working in the Census Bureau, and moved on to other federal agencies before being sent to Social Security.
Born in Lynchburg, Va., but reared in Washington, he was a 1928 graduate of the Eastern High School.
Fond of travel since making a 1928 trip across the country in a Model A Ford, he later visited Africa, South America and Yugoslavia, and was part of a 1988 exchange with the Soviet Union of visitors supporting peace.
An extensive reader who followed political debate, he was a member of the American Civil Liberties Union, the Capitol Area Division of the United Nations Association, Amnesty International and the National Coalition for Abortion Rights.
He is survived by his wife, the former Mary McPherson; three daughters, Ellen R. Witherite of Charleston, W.Va., Lou V. Witherite of Boston and Jane Witherite Barss of Mayo; a son, Harold C. Witherite Jr. of California; two sisters, Ethel Scott of Colonial Beach, Va., and Isabel Peake of Pompano Beach, Fla., and six grandchildren.