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Allen L. Dennis

Former state employee

Allen L. Dennis, former president of the Cambridge City Council and a retired state employee, died Wednesday of cancer at Dorchester General Hospital in Cambridge. He was 73.

He was council president from 1976 until 1984.

He retired in 1975 as chief of budget analysis in the Maryland Department of Budget and Fiscal Planning.

He had worked for the state since 1953, spending much of that time in the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene as administrator of the Deers Head and Pine Bluff centers in Salisbury, and as an assistant administrator at other institutions, including Clifton T. Perkins Hospital Center, Spring Grove Hospital Center and the Eastern Shore Hospital Center.

Before working for the state, he was an assistant manager of B.F. Goodrich stores in Cambridge and Norfolk, Va., and advertising manager for the Daily Banner in Cambridge.

Since 1982, he had been a member of the state Nursing Home Appeals Board.

The Cambridge native was a 1939 graduate of Cambridge High School and later attended Washington College at night.

He enlisted in the Navy during World War II and served on minesweepers in the invasions of Sicily and Normandy and on other ships in the Atlantic and Pacific theaters. Mr. Dennis, who attained the rank of chief petty officer, later served in the Air Force Reserve.

He was an honorary member of the Rescue Fire Company in Cambridge, and had been a lieutenant in the Cape St. Claire Volunteer Fire Company when he lived in the Annapolis area in the 1960s.

He was a former president of the Cambridge Country Club and commander of the Dorchester Post and the Southeast District of the American Legion. He was also a life member of the Choptank Memorial Post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

He was treasurer and trustee of St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Cambridge, a member of the Richardson Men's Bible Class at the church and chairman of the Flower Fair for several years.

Services were set for 2 p.m. today at St. Paul's Church.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years, the former Betty Smith; two sons, Shane D. Dennis of Baltimore and Joseph A. Dennis of Owings Mills; a sister, Ocelee Hargis of Cambridge; a half-sister, Sis Wolfe of Annapolis; three half-brothers, Russell Hurley of California, Buddy Hurley of Chestertown and Skip Hurley of Cambridge; and four grandchildren.

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