The Nov. 6 obituary for Lawrence Xavier Odum gave an incorrect cause of death. He died of bladder cancer. (Published 11/8/04)
Lawrence X. Odum
Lawrence Xavier Odum, 78, a retired Internal Revenue Service examiner who helped create a form for taxpayers to correct errors in previous year's filings, died Oct. 22 at his home in Rockville. He had Alzheimer's disease.
Mr. Odum, who spent most of his career in the agency's examination division, was instrumental in developing form 1040X, a requirement when amending returns. He also helped move the agency to electronic recording of taxes and set up a program to authorize accountants to represent taxpayers before the IRS.
Mr. Odum began his IRS career, which spanned more than 30 years, as a field agent assigned to the Baltimore district. He was later promoted to the national office. He retired in 1981.
In retirement, he worked in St. Lucia as a tax code consultant for the U.S. Agency for International Development. He also worked as a salesman for Dan Kain Trophies in Alexandria. In the latter position, he helped manage the accounts to provide trophies and award materials to churches and golf courses.
He was a founder and past president of the St. Mary's Men's Club, and he was an organizer of the club's annual Oyster Roast and Redskins Night fundraising events.
Born in Berwyn Heights, Mr. Odum grew up in Prince George's County. He was about 16 when he entered the Navy and served aboard a submarine during World War II.
He left the military after the war but was recalled to active duty during the Korean War.
Mr. Odum graduated from Southeastern University in Washington and received a master's degree in accounting from Strayer University.
His wife, Alice Jean Odum, died in 1973, and a son, Lawrence Maurice Odum, died in infancy.
Survivors include his wife of 14 years, Mary Odum of Rockville; six children from his first marriage, Laura Palmieri of El Cajon, Calif., Mike Odum of Laurel, Mark Odum of Bowie, Joe Odum of Elkridge, Md., John Odum of Columbia and Tamie Pyle of White Plains, Md.; a sister, Anna Mae Schleuter of Chesapeake; 11 grandchildren; and three grandchildren.