Earl C. Flowers
NSA official

Earl C. Flowers, 91, who retired from the National Security Agency in 1980 as a member of the Senior Cryptologic Executive Service, died Dec. 11 at Montgomery Hospice’s Casey House in Rockville.

He had heart ailments, said his son Russell Flowers.

Mr. Flowers had worked for the NSA and its predecessor agency for more than three decades. His specialties included communications security.

Earl Crama Flowers was born in Montgomery, Ala. He served in the Army from 1942 until 1946 and was an instructor at what was then known as the Signal Corps Cryptographic School at Vint Hill Farms Station near Warrenton. He served in the Army Reserve from the mid-1950s until the late 1970s, retiring as a major.

He received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 1968 from George Washington University, where he was a member of the Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society. He was a Bethesda resident.

Survivors include his wife of 70 years, Miriam Parten Flowers of Bethesda; two sons, Ronald Flowers of Laurel and Russell Flowers of Gambrills; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

— Emily Langer