David O'Dunne, 79, apartment developer

August 13, 2002

David O'Dunne, a Baltimore developer of apartment houses, died Saturday of complications from a stroke at the Mercy Ridge retirement community in Timonium. He was 79.

Mr. O'Dunne, who was born in Baltimore, was the son of Eugene O'Dunne, a noted judge on the city's old Supreme Bench. He was raised on Cathedral Street and graduated from Calvert Hall College High School. He earned his bachelor's and law degrees from the University of Baltimore and passed the state bar examination.

He briefly served in the Army before receiving a medical discharge. In 1943, the judges of the Supreme Bench named Mr. O' Dunne as a bailiff, a position he held until 1951.

Rather than pursue a legal career, Mr. O'Dunne became a successful developer, building apartment complexes in the Baltimore area, including Mount Washington and Pikesville.

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In 1965, he developed 4300 N. Charles St., an apartment community of 11 three- and four-story brick homes in the Tuscany-Canterbury neighborhood that he sold to Calvert School in 2000.

Mr. O'Dunne, who retired in 1972, had lived at 4300 N. Charles St. and had a second home in Delray Beach, Fla., until moving to Mercy Ridge last year.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11:30 a.m. tomorrow at St. Rita's Roman Catholic Church in Blue Ridge Summit.

Mr. O'Dunne is survived by his wife of 57 years, the former Virginia M. Huppman; a son, Eugene O'Dunne of Baltimore; a daughter, Constance O'Dunne Irons of Kauai, Hawaii; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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