David Alan Dryer 2008
David Alan Dryer, 99, a retired civilian inspector with the Army
Materiel Command's Office of Inspector General, died of
pneumonia Nov. 2 at Anne Arundel Medical Center.
He was an Annapolis resident. Starting in the late 1940s, Mr.
Dryer worked for the Veterans Administration before joining the
Army Department. He retired in 1966.
He was born in Washington and graduated from Eastern High
School in 1927. He received bachelor's and master's degrees in economics from
George Washington University.
He worked for the Labor Department's Children's Bureau before World War II. His wife
recalled that he once had to cite Judy Garland's manager for allowing the young
entertainer to work underage at Washington's Colonial Theater.
During the war, he served in the Army Quartermaster Corps in the Mediterranean. He
later joined the Army Reserve and retired as a lieutenant colonel.
He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Annapolis and sang in the choir.
His was a Mason, and his memberships included the Shriners, the Scottish Rite, the
National Sojourners and the Order of the Eastern Star. He enjoyed woodworking, doing
crossword puzzles and traveling.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Frances M. Dryer of Annapolis.