R. Frederick Jett, 70, a retired attorney for the Social Security Administration, died Saturday of prostate cancer at his Randallstown home.
He retired in 1989 after working for SSA since 1972. He began federal service as a lawyer for the antitrust subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee in Washington in 1956. Earlier, he had been a partner in the law firm of Jett & Jett in Baltimore.
The Baltimore native was a 1941 graduate of City College. He served in the Army in Europe during World War II, was awarded two Purple Hearts and reached the rank of staff sergeant. After the war, he earned his bachelor's and law degrees at the University of Baltimore.
A former resident of West Baltimore, he lost a race for the House of Delegates to represent that area in 1954. In 1968, he worked for the Democratic National Committee as an advance man in that year's presidential campaign.
Services were to be conducted at 11 a.m. today at the Leroy M. and Russell C. Witzke Funeral Home, 1630 Edmondson Ave., Catonsville.
He is survived by a daughter, Pamela Jett Crandall of Ellicott City; three sons, Douglas R. Jett of San Mateo, Calif., Blair T. Jett of Catonsville and Mark S. Jett of San Diego; and a granddaughter.