Walter Dickerson, led investigations of state job biasA...


March 03, 1992

Walter Dickerson, led investigations of state job bias

A Mass of Christian burial for Walter M. Dickerson, who was in charge of investigating job bias in Maryland state government in the mid-1980s, will be held at 10 a.m. today at St. John the Baptist Catholic Community Church, 12319 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring.

Mr. Dickerson, who was 68, died of cancer Feb. 27 at Holy Cross Hospital.

A native of Patterson, La., he attended Hampton University, the University of Florence in Italy and Xavier University. He served with the Army in Italy in World War II.

After years as a postal worker in New Orleans, Mr. Dickerson joined the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission when it was founded in 1964. He was investigations coordinator in the New Orleans office.

In 1970, Mr. Dickerson moved to Baltimore to open the first EEOC district office in the city. Under his charge, the office sued several large Maryland companies for job discrimination.

"He was a major leader in civil rights in Maryland," said Jennifer Burdick, executive director of the Maryland Human Relations Commission, who worked under him at the EEOC. "Everybody adored him. Many of us called him Papa."

He left the Baltimore office in 1977 to become national field manager at EEOC headquarters in Washington.

In 1982, Mr. Dickerson became director of the Equal Employment Opportunity Division of the Maryland Department of Personnel. He retired in 1987.

He is survived by his wife of 37 years, the former Verna Powell; five daughters, Lisa L. Dickerson of Silver Spring, Terri Dickerson-Jones of Herndon, Va., Patrice M. Dickerson of Silver Spring, Laurie L. Dickerson of Baltimore and Verna E. Dickerson of Silver Spring; a sister, Juanita D. Fletcher of Washington; and one grandson.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Walter Dickerson Memorial Scholarship Fund, Xavier University, 7325 Palmetto St., New Orleans, La. 70125.

W. F. Stammer Jr.

Industrial arts teacher

A memorial service for William F. Stammer Jr., a retired industrial arts teacher at Baltimore's Southern High School, will be held at 2 p.m. today at Second Presbyterian Church, 4200 St. Paul St.

Mr. Stammer, who moved to Titusville, Fla., 10 years ago after his retirement, died Wednesday at a hospital there of complications from surgery. He was 65.

He had a 29-year teaching career in Baltimore schools.

The Baltimore native was a graduate of the University of %J Maryland. He served in the Army Air Forces in Europe as radioman on P-61 night fighters during World War II.

A life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and a member of the Titusville Lodge of the Elks, he also belonged to the Waverly Lodge of the Masons and Boumi Temple.

He is survived by his wife of 42 years, the former Lillie Gunther; two sons, Dale Lucas of Brooklandville, and Gary Stammer of Lutherville; a daughter, Gail Cook of Monkton; two sisters, Evelyn Esler of Baltimore and Jean Hancock of Lincoln Park, Mich.; and five grandchildren.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the Shriners' children's hospitals.

Gerald M. Kinnane

Training director

Services for Gerald M. Kinnane, director of training and development for an engineering and computer firm in McLean, Va., will be held at 1:45 p.m. tomorrow at the Crownsville Veterans Cemetery, 1080 Sunrise Beach Road in Crownsville, after 10:30 a.m. services at the Money and King Funeral Home in Vienna, Va.

Mr. Kinnane, who moved from Severna Park to Oakton, Va., four years ago, died Sunday of cancer at a hospital in Fairfax, Va. He was 58.

He had worked for the PRC-Planning Research Corp., the engineering and computer consulting firm, for the past four years. Earlier, he did personnel work for Advanced Technology Inc. in Reston, Va., ARINC Research Corp. in Annapolis and BDM Corp. in McLean.

The native of Gary, Ind., was employed by the Westinghouse Electric Corp. in Fort Wayne, Ind., before moving to Severna Park in 1976 and working for the Hyattsville Construction Co.

A graduate of Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, where he was elected to a business honor society, he served in the Navy in the late 1950s.

He had been president of the Lions Club in Gary and a member of the Severna Park United Methodist Church and the Severna Park Optimist Club.

He is survived by his wife, the former Beverly King; two sons, Thomas and Jay Kinnane, both of Crofton; a daughter, Karen Pascoe of Ellicott City; his mother, Irene Kinnane of Columbus, Ind.; a sister, Sheila Cole of Greenwood, Ind.; and a granddaughter.

Frank Benjamin Hurt

Political science professor

Frank Benjamin Hurt, a Western Maryland College teacher for 35 years, died Feb. 16 of cancer at his birthplace in Ferrum, Va. He was 92.

Called "Pappy" by his students, Mr. Hurt began his academic career with Western Maryland College in 1930 as an assistant professor of history and political science.

He was named associate professor of history and political science in 1948 and political science department chair a year later.

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