The Rev. Irvin Pope Sr., a retired Department of Labor regional administrator and Baptist pastor, died of respiratory failure Dec. 24 at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda.
The Pikesville resident was 78.
Born in the Germantown section of Philadelphia, he was the son of Henderson and Catherine Pope. He was a 1955 graduate of A.T. Wright High School in White Stone, Va.
Dr. Pope was in the Army from 1955 to 1976 and served two tours in Vietnam. He was wounded in combat and awarded the Purple Heart.
He earned a bachelor's degree in business administration through a University of Maryland program for members of the military and received a theology...