Walter M. Dickerson, who was in charge of investigating job bias in Maryland state government in the mid-1980s, died of cancer Feb. 27 at Holy Cross Hospital of Silver Spring. He was 68.
A Mass of Christian burial for Mr. Dickerson was being offered today at St. John the Baptist Catholic Community Church, 12319 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring.
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.
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.