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John Spencer, retired NSA supervisor and Lutheran layman

John Spencer, retired NSA supervisor and Lutheran layman

John A. Spencer, a retired National Security Agency staff chief who was active in Lutheran congregations, died of prostate cancer Sept. 8 at the Hospice of the Chesapeake in Pasadena. The Severna Park resident was 70.

Born in Dayton, Ohio, he was the son of Roger M. Spencer, a Linotype operator, and Vera Kins, a teacher. He was a 1964 graduate of Belmont High School and played in its orchestra; he was also active in Scouting. He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Ohio State University and a master’s degree in public administration from George Washington University.

He met his future wife, Donna Haines, on a blind date at Ohio State’s student...

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