An obituary in Sunday's editions of The Washington Post about Perry O. Wilkinson, 74, omitted the day of his death. Mr. Wilkinson, a former speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates, died of leukemia Friday at Doctors Hospital of Prince George's County in Lanham.
Perry O. Wilkinson, 74, a retired businessman and civic leader and former speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates, died of leukemia at Doctor's Hospital of Prince George's County in Lanham.
A former president of the Young Men's Democratic Club of Prince George's County and active in numerous other Democratic organizations, Mr. Wilkinson was first elected to the Maryland House in 1942 as a Prince George's County delegate.
He served as speaker pro tem from 1946 ot 1958, and then was speaker for the next four years. In 1962 he was defeated by Carlton R. Sickles in the Democrtic primary race for the newly created seat of congressman-at-large in the Maryland Assembly.
During his tenure in the House, Mr. Wilkinson was chairman of the education committee, served on several commissions studying Maryland's public school system and was on the banking, insurance and social security committee.
He had established the Perry O. Wilkinson General Insurance Agency in Hyattsville in 1940, which he operated until selling it to his son, Perry O. Jr., in 1967.
Mr. Wilkinson had suffered from an aneurysm in 1963, which left him partially paralyzed, but he had recovered sufficiently to be able to read and write.
He was born in Hebron, Md., and graduated from Wicomico High School in Salisbury, Md.He attended Blue Ridge College in New Windsor, Md., and graduated in 1928 from the University of Maryland, where he earned a master's degree in 1936.
Mr. Wilkinson taught history and coached athletics at Marion Station High School in Maryland in 1928-29, and at Upper Marlboro High School during 1929-30. He then taught and coached at Mount Rainer High School for 10 years.
After he entered business, he served as president of the Montgomery-Prince George's County Association of Insurance Agents and was a director of the State Association of Insurance Agents.
Mr. Wilkinson was a past president of the Prince George's County Kiwanis Club and the Chamber of Commerce. He served as head of war bond, Red Cross and Police Boy's Club fund drives. He was a past president of the Men's Baraca Class of the First Methodist Church in Hyattsville.
He belonged to Mount Hermon Masonic Lodge No. 179, Loyal Order of Moose Lodge No. 453, Tall Cedars of Lebonan, Prince George's County Forest No. 139, and Woodmen of the World. He was a charter member of Elks Lodge No. 1778 and the Terrapin Club of the University of Maryland. e
He is survived by his wife, Mabel, of Hyattsville; his son Perry O. Jr., of Lanham, and two sisters, Susie Wilkinson and Lula Dashiell of Salisbury, and a brother, Carlton, of Philadelphia.