Burt Dall Memorial
Ret. Col. Burt Dall

(April 10, 1927 - March 15, 2015)

Burt Dall of Arnold, Maryland passed away from cancer on March 15, 2015. He was 87 years old.

Burt was born Cesar Hannibal Sotomayor to John and Rosalia Sotomayor on April 10, 1927 in New York City. He was the fourth of five siblings, with older sisters Paquita, Josephine, and Lydia, and younger brother John. He was married to his beloved wife, Shirley Ada Lantz of Edgewood, Maryland, from 1950 until her death on February 6, 2001.

Burt leaves behind his children, Owen, Robert, Cindy and Nancy; his daughter-in-laws, Kerry and Karen; his son-in-law, Wayne; his grandchildren, Katie, Emily and Kainoa; his step-grandchildren, Erin, Ellen, Matthew and Kaylyne; his brother John and his wife Jane, and their children and grandchildren; his cousins Diana, Evelyn, Richard, and Fred and their children; and many other family and friends who loved him dearly.

After graduating high school from the Bronx High School of Commerce, Burt was deployed with the US Army of Occupation at the end of World War II. Burt continued to serve in the US Army for 35 years, serving in both the Korean Vietnam Wars, receiving several meritorious awards, including the Bronze Star and Legion of Merit, throughout his distinguished career. Burt also attended night school during his service, receiving his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland. He retired as a full colonel in 1981 as Deputy Post Commander of Redstone Arsenal, Alabama.

After he retired, Burt studied at the Appalachian Center for Craft, in Smithville, Tennessee, where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree specializing in woodworking. After moving to Arnold, Maryland in 1990, Burt began attending classes at Anne Arundel Community College where he developed many strong friendships, a love for reading and writing poetry, and began anonymously funding a scholarship for the arts.
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