Clyde Christopher "Chris" Nitz Jr., a retired Social Security Administration printer and a sports car enthusiast, died Saturday of esophageal cancer at Gilchrist Hospice Care. The Sparks resident was 66.
Mr. Nitz was born in Baltimore and raised in Rosedale. After graduating from Kenwood High School in 1960, he enlisted in the Navy and served for six years aboard the aircraft carrier USS Boxer.
Mr. Nitz, who had studied business management at what was then Catonsville Community College, went to work for the SSA as an intern in its Woodlawn print shop.
Mr. Nitz worked for 30 years as an SSA lithographer and printing management specialist until his retirement in 1998.
"He was one of the early specialists involved in preventing identity theft, as he was responsible for procuring Social Security cards with identity protection features," said his stepbrother, Gene C. Kutlik of Lutherville.
Mr. Nitz, who was an avid bicyclist, runner and skier, was a member of the Baltimore Bicycling Club and the Baltimore Ski Club.
He also enjoyed walking on the Northern Central Railroad Trail in northern Baltimore County.
A sports car fan, Mr. Nitz had owned Porsche, Corvair, Datsun and Nissan Z automobiles, which he enjoyed driving in competitive rallies.
His wife of eight years, Amalie "Molly" Dunker, a medical illustrator, died in 1998.
At Mr. Nitz's request, no funeral services will be held.
Also surviving are his longtime companion, Pat Keane of Sun City Center, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews. His marriage to Hope Kwiatkowski ended in divorce.