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David M. Walters

SSA retiree

David M. Walters, a native of Baltimore and a retired Social Security Administration employee, died Tuesday of heart failure at a North Miami Beach, Fla., hospital.

He was 79 and had moved to Florida in 1977. He retired three years later as an SSA hearing officer in Fort Lauderdale. He had worked at the agency's Woodlawn headquarters before moving to Florida.

From 1946 until 1964, he owned Milton's Bottle House, a package goods store on Corned Beef Row on East Lombard Street. And in the 1960s, he also worked as marketing manager for new housing developments.

He was a 1931 graduate of City College and worked for the Internal Revenue Service before serving in the Army Air Forces during World War II.

In Baltimore, he was a former president of the Abraham Schreter Lodge of B'nai B'rith and of the bowling league of the Beth Tfiloh Congregation Brotherhood. He was also a member of the Jewish War Veterans.

In Florida, he was first vice president of the Dade County Chapter of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees and was on the board of the Waterview Condominium where he lived in North Miami Beach.

While stationed on the West Coast in 1945, he was among the first people to be interviewed by Art Linkletter for a new radio program, "People Are Funny."

His first wife, the former Rebecca Keyser, died in 1980.

Services were to be conducted at 2 p.m. today at Sol Levinson & Bros. Home, 6010 Reisterstown Road in Baltimore.

Mr. Walters is survived by his wife, the former Rhoda Berkow Rubin; three sons, Alan Walters of Wellesley Hills, Mass., Harvey Walters of Arlington, Va., and Sanford Walters of Ruxton; a daughter, Barbara Walters of San Francisco; a sister, Dorothea Walters Witten, and a brother, Jerome Walters, both of Pikesville; and six grandchildren.

Gordon E. Truitt Sr.

City and state retiree

Gordon E. Truitt Sr., retired director of the Central Records Bureau of the Baltimore Police Department, died Sunday at Howard County General Hospital after a stroke.

He was 78 and lived in the Heartlands retirement community in Ellicott City.

He retired about 20 years ago as a civilian official of the city Police Department. He previously had worked as a clerk at state police headquarters in Pikesville. After retiring from the Police Department, he worked as a hearing officer for the state Motor Vehicle Administration, where he retired in 1982.

Born in Baltimore, he was a graduate of City College.

A resident of Catonsville for many years, he was on the parish council at St. Mark Roman Catholic Church and was a member of St. Mark's Seniors.

A Mass of Christian burial was to be offered at 10 a.m. today at St. Mark Church, 30 Melvin Ave. in Catonsville.

Mr. Truitt is survived by his wife, the former M. Angela Stapleton; two sons, Gordon E. Truitt Jr. of Gaither and Raymond G. Truitt of Catonsville; and six grandchildren.

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