- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 2, 2004

Raymond A. Dypski, 81, Baltimore lawmaker

BALTIMORE (AP) — Raymond A. Dypski, a colorful and independent-minded East Baltimore lawmaker who served in the state House of Delegates for two decades, died of heart and kidney failure Oct. 31 at Stella Maris Hospice at Mercy Medical Center. He was 81.

Mr. Dypski was born and raised in a two-story Dillon Street row house, one of 12 children — 11 of them boys. Mr. Dypski dropped out of junior high school and served as a merchant marine seaman aboard Liberty ships in the North Atlantic during World War II.

In the early 1950s, Mr. Dypski went to work for Bethlehem Steel Corp., beginning a 25-year career in which he became a tester and inspector in the metallurgical department at the Sparrows Point plant.

Mr. Dypski, a Democrat, was first elected to the House of Delegates in 1966 — three years before earning his General Educational Development certificate at Patterson High School. He retired in 1986.

“He was always interested in helping people, loved [President Franklin Roosevelt], and decided to give it a shot,” his brother Cornell Dypski, a former delegate and state senator, told the Baltimore Sun.

“He was one of the most colorful politicians in East Baltimore,” said Thomas J. D’Alesandro III, Baltimore’s mayor in the late 1960s. “He was energetic, hard working and a staunch Democrat.”

Mr. Dypski’s district office was in his home, complete with a roll-top desk, and he boasted that constituents came in such numbers that he had to replace the wall-to-wall carpeting three times.

He was an early advocate of environmental legislation and successfully introduced a bill that — for a time — prohibited the telephone company from charging for 411 calls.

He also introduced a less successful bill to recognize Clayton Moore as the true Lone Ranger and to restrain the company that held the rights to the old television show from prohibiting the actor from wearing the ranger costume’s mask in public.

Another failed bill he introduced was a resolution to honor a Baltimore Block stripper who had saved the life of heart-attack victim after administering cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

Mr. Dypski was a lifelong bachelor who enjoyed playing cards, going to the racetrack and following the Baltimore Orioles and Ravens.

He was a member of St. Casimir Roman Catholic Church, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday.

He also is survived by another brother, Lawrence Dypski of Overlea, Md.; and a sister, Theresa M. Posko of Pasadena, Md.

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