David Russell John, who worked for more than 30 years in the budget office of the University of Maryland, College Park, retiring as the university's budget director, died of lung cancer March 22. The longtime Laurel resident was 68.
Born in Pittsburgh, Mr. John came to the region in his early teens and graduated in 1957 from Laurel High School, where he played basketball and football. He graduated from George Washington University in 1976 with a bachelor's degree in business.
Mr. John served in the Army between 1963 and 1965 at Fort Jackson, S.C. He married the former Elizabeth Fetty in 1961.
Mr. John spent more than three decades with the University of Maryland in its budget office. He was instrumental in helping the office complete the transition to computers - making it one of the first state universities in the country to computerize its finances.
He retired in 1990 and went to work for his son, who owns a wholesale pet food distribution company in Fulton.
Family members said Mr. John loved dogs, Terrapin sports, working on cars and carpentry.
A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. April 6 at St. John's Episcopal Church, 9120 Frederick Road, Ellicott City.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Susan John of Rockville; a son, Douglas John of Laurel; a brother, Douglas John of Crownsville; a sister, Barbara Fawkes of Annapolis; and two grandsons.