William O'cer Dennis, 65, cryptographer, salesman

August 18, 2006

William O'cer Dennis, a retired cryptographer and salesman, died of respiratory failure Aug. 11 at his Pikesville home. He was 65.

Mr. Dennis was born and raised in West Baltimore and attended City College. He enlisted in the Army in 1962 and served with the tank corps in Japan. While in the service, he earned his General Educational Development certificate.

After being discharged from the Army in 1971, he earned an associate's degree from what is now Baltimore City Community College and a bachelor's degree from what is now Towson University.

Mr. Dennis worked as a National Security Agency cryptographer at Fort Meade for 20 years before retiring in 1996. For the last several years, he worked in sales for Ryland Homes.

Since 1978, Mr. Dennis had been an active member of Kappa Alpha Psi, where he had held positions that included executive director of its Baltimore foundation and assistant treasurer of the fraternity.

Mr. Dennis enjoyed traveling and playing pinochle.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. today at Colonial Baptist Church, 9411 Liberty Road, Randallstown.

Surviving are his wife of 30 years, the former Kathleen Beverly; a son, Warren O. Dennis of Dallas; a daughter, Christine Gray of Baltimore; his mother and stepfather, Louise and Edward "Dad" Jackson of Baltimore; three brothers, Raymond Jackson and Frank Jackson, both of Baltimore, and Howard Tutman Jr. of Randallstown; three sisters, Eleanor Webster, Sherren Richmond and Sherry Jackson, all of Baltimore; and a grandson.

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