Richard H. Dais, 56, store manager, ghost-town expert

May 09, 2006

Richard Henry Dais, a bookstore manager and ghost-town expert, died of an aneurysm Friday at Johns Hopkins Hospital. The Ellicott City resident was 56.

Mr. Dais was born in McPherson, Kan., and raised in Cody, Wyo., where he graduated from high school in 1967. He earned a bachelor's degree in history from the University of Denver.

For the past four years, Mr. Dais had been assistant manager of the Barnes & Noble Booksellers store in the Bowie Town Center mall.

He was a former president of the Denver Ghost Town Club and had taught a course on ghost towns at the University of Denver. He also was considered an expert on railroads operating in the Rocky Mountains.

Mr. Dais attended First Lutheran Church of Ellicott City.

Services were yesterday.

Surviving are two sisters, Jane Dais Evans of Ellicott City and Marilyn Dais Machosky of Sylvania, Ohio; and many nieces and nephews.

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