Denver Dickerson, 67, a retired staff director on Capitol Hill and a former lieutenant governor of Guam and speaker of the Nevada state assembly, died of cancer Sunday at his home in Bethesda.
Mr. Dickerson came to Washington in 1957 as press secretary and executive secretary to former Sen. Alan Bible (D-Nev.). In 1963, President John F. Kennedy appointed him lieutenant governor of Guam, a post he held until 1969.
After operating his own public relations firm in San Francisco, Mr. Dickerson returned to Washington in the early 1970s. He was a member of the staff of Sen. Howard W. Cannon (D-Nev.) on the Senate Rules and Administration Committee.
For seven years before his retirement in 1980, Mr. Dickerson worked for the Joint Congressional Committee on Printing. He was staff director of the committee when he left the government.
Mr. Dickerson was born in Carson City, Nev., and graduated from the University of Nevada at Reno. His father, Denver S. Dickerson, was Democratic governor of the state from 1908 to 1910. The younger Denver Dickerson entered politics and served two terms in the state assembly, one as its speaker, before entering the Army in 1943. He served in the Pacific during World War II.
After the war, he was a newspaper publisher and reporter in Nevada. He was a press officer at the U.S. embassy in Burma from 1952 to 1955.
Survivors include his wife, Maxine of Bethesda; a daughter, Diane Wayman of Washington; a son, Jeffrey of Bethesda; three brothers, Harvey, a former attorney general of Nevada and a resident of Las Vegas, George, also of Las Vegas, and Belford of Reno; two sisters, Barbara Beatty of Pleasanton, Calif., and Norinne Buck of Reno and three grandchildren.