David L. Jenkins, 68, SSA commissioner

September 28, 2006

David L. Jenkins, a retired Social Security Administration official, died of arrhythmia Friday after being stricken while playing tennis in Columbia. He was 68.

Mr. Jenkins was born in Washington and raised in Atlantic City, N.J. He earned a bachelor's degree from what is now Morgan State University in 1961 and a master's in public administration from the University of Maryland, College Park in the early 1970s.

He also received certification in public management from Stanford University.

Mr. Jenkins served from 1961 to 1966 as a captain with the Army's 82nd Airborne Division and was assigned to the Dominican Republic.

In 1967, he began his SSA career and was deputy commissioner of human resources at his retirement in 2002.

Mr. Jenkins was a member of the former Columbia Council in the early 1970s.

Mr. Jenkins, who had homes in Columbia and Easton, was an avid tennis player and golfer and enjoyed reading.

He was a communicant of St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, Wilde Lake Interfaith Center in Columbia, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at noon tomorrow

Surviving are his wife of 43 years, the former Judith Phillips; a son, Sean E. Jenkins of Herndon, Va.; a daughter, Mandisa L. Jenkins of Denver; a sister, Alfreda Calloway of Dayton, Ohio; and three grandchildren.

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