Alford Lyle Denison, 66, 32-year NSA employee

April 24, 2003

Alford Lyle "Al" Denison, a retired federal employee, died Sunday of a heart attack at his Severna Park home. He was 66.

Born and raised in Mount Clemens, Mich., Mr. Denison served in the Army from 1954 until 1958. He attained the rank of technical sergeant and was stationed in the Philippines.

He then moved to Maryland and worked at Bethlehem Steel's Sparrows Point plant for a year before joining the National Security Agency. He retired in 1991 after 32 years with the federal intelligence agency.

In the early 1970s, he taught weekend bowling classes at the Ritchie Highway Bowl America in Glen Burnie. He continued bowling until about 15 years ago.

He was a former coach and manager for Havenwood and Glen Burnie Little League teams, and enjoyed building and flying model airplanes at Fort Meade and reading.

Services will be held at 8 p.m. today at Barranco & Sons Severna Park Funeral Home, 495 Ritchie Highway.

Survivors include his wife of 43 years, the former Patricia Anne Gill; three sons, Bruce K. Denison of Glen Burnie, Scott A. Denison of Severna Park and Brett A. Denison of Aurora, Colo.; two daughters, Kimberly A. Duvall of Glen Burnie and Tracy Lynn Trently of Chincoteague, Va.; three sisters, Evelyn Steinbrink and Diann Liebzeit, both of Mount Clemens, and Louise Whitney of Pasadena; 14 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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