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Dean Pappas, anti-war and civil rights activist who helped plan the 1968 Catonsville Nine raid

Dean Pappas, anti-war and civil rights activist who helped plan the 1968 Catonsville Nine raid

Dean Pappas, an antiwar and civil rights activist and teacher who assisted in the planning for the 1968 Catonsville Nine draft board raid, died Saturday of pancreatic cancer at his Mount Washington home. He was 78.

“”When I came to Baltimore in 1967 to join the antiwar movement, Dean was one of the first people I met,” said Brendan Walsh, a former seminarian and co-founder of Viva House with his wife, former nun Willa Bickham.

“He believed the Vietnam War had to be resisted and he was a great teacher, and for me, was a key person in the antiwar movement,” Mr. Walsh said. “He had a great mind and a great way of relating to you.”

“Dean was absolutely one of a kind, who...

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