Dennis Rae Sayers, 64, linguist

December 07, 2005

Dennis Rae Sayers, a retired Defense Department linguist and Air Force veteran, died of a heart attack Friday at his Severn home. He was 64.

Mr. Sayers was born and raised in Detroit. He earned a bachelor's degree in Russian history in 1962 from Wayne State University and a master's degree from Syracuse University in 1969.

Mr. Sayers served in the Air Force as a technical sergeant from 1966 until being discharged in 1982. From 1982 until his death, he had been a Russian linguist for the Defense Department at Fort Meade.

He enjoyed reading Russian history and collecting anything that featured frogs.

Mr. Sayers' wife of 35 years, the former Kathleen Ann Hunter died last month.

Mr. Sayers was a communicant of St. Lawrence the Martyr Roman Catholic Church, Route 175 and the Baltimore-Washington Parkway, Jessup, where a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. today.

Surviving are three sons, Timothy P. Sayers of Severn, Matthew R. Sayers of Austin, Texas, and Michael J. Sayers of Groton, Conn.; a daughter, Bridget E. Hilder of Pasadena; two sisters, Helen Sayers of Three Rivers, Mich. and Mary P. Sayers of Adrian, Mich,; and three grandchildren.

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