Donald L. Dillman

[Age 80] He was branch chief of future systems at Social Security headquarters.

December 01, 2007

Donald L. Dillman, a retired industrial engineer and computer instructor, died Tuesday at Carroll Hospice Dove House. The Westminster resident was 80.

Mr. Dillman was born and raised in Madison, Wis. He served in the Marine Corps from 1946 to 1948. After his discharge, he enrolled at the University of Wisconsin, where he earned a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering in 1952.

He moved to Baltimore in 1952 to work for Crown Cork & Seal Co. He later worked for Montgomery Ward and General Motors Corp. on Broening Highway before becoming a senior systems engineer in 1954 at the Internal Revenue Service Computer Center in Martinsburg, W.Va.

From 1974 until retiring in 1998, Mr. Dillman was branch chief of future systems and technology at the Social Security Administration headquarters in Woodlawn. He also taught computer languages at what was then Catonsville Community College from 1973 to 1998.

In his earlier years, Mr. Dillman enjoyed sailing on the Chesapeake Bay aboard the Dilly and training, riding and showing his horse, Sweetbriar.

Mr. Dillman also rescued and cared for stray animals and found them homes. He also was an avid gardener and liked planting many varieties of trees, flowers and shrubs at his home.

He was a communicant of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Eldersburg.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered for Mr. Dillman at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. John Roman Catholic Church, 43 Monroe St., Westminster.

Survivors include his wife of 23 years, Nancy Strauss; and a son, Dean Dillman of Sykesville. Another son, David Dillman, died in 1998. His first marriage ended in divorce.

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