Dr. Vernon F. Ottenritter, a retired Baltimore dentist and World War II veteran, died Monday at his Timonium home from complications of a fall. He was 87.
Vernon Francis Ottenritter was born in Baltimore and raised on Springfield Avenue in the city's Pen Lucy neighborhood.
After graduating from City College in 1943, he enlisted in the Air Force. The flight officer was discharged in 1945. His decorations included the American Theater Ribbon, Victory Ribbon, World War II and the Good Conduct Medal.
Dr. Ottenritter attended Texas A&M in College Station for a year before enrolling at the University of Maryland, College Park, where he earned a bachelor's degree in 1949. He earned his dental degree in 1952 from the University of Maryland Dental School.
Dr. Ottenritter began practicing dentistry in 1953, when he opened an office in the 5800 block of Loch Raven Blvd. He established a second office on Old Padonia Road in 1991.
He had also been an associate professor of operative dentistry at the University of Maryland Dental School.
His professional memberships included the Baltimore Association of Dental Surgeons, the Gorgas Odontological Society, the American Dental Association, the Maryland State Dental Association and the Baltimore City Dental Association.
He retired in 2006.
Dr. Ottenritter was married for 61 years to the former Edith Mary "Edie" Hasenkamp, who died in 2012.
The couple enjoyed entertaining, said Elizabeth Ann "Beth" Ward, a daughter who lives in Lutherville.
Dr. Ottenritter was a member of the Baltimore Country Club and an avid golfer. He was an Orioles and Ravens fan, and also enjoyed spending time at a second home in Ocean City, N.J.
He was a former longtime communicant of Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ Roman Catholic Church in Timonium.
A memorial Mass for Dr. and Mrs. Ottenritter will be offered at 2 p.m. June 21 at Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, Baltimore and Ware avenues, Towson.
In addition to his daughter, Dr. Ottenritter is survived by three sons, Dr. Vernon F. "Chip" Ottenritter of Hunt Valley, Dr. Robert E. Ottenritter of Towson and James M. Ottenritter of New York City; and nine grandchildren.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun