Edward Addison Dent 2008
Edward Addison Dent, 93, who was a vice president and senior trust officer of the
American Security Bank and Trust, died of congestive heart failure March 6 at his home
Mr. Dent, a longtime active member of the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament, was a
third-generation Washingtonian and a graduate of the old Western High School (1932).
He worked while attending night classes at Columbus University School of Law, now a
part of Catholic University, and received a law degree in 1938.
In 1940, he joined the National Bank of Washington, which merged with American
Security Bank in 1958. He retired in 1978.
During his banking career, Mr. Dent served as chairman of the fiduciaries section of the
D.C. Bankers Association and president of the Washington D.C. Estate Planning
Council. For several years, he was treasurer of the Central Dispensary and Emergency
He also served as a member of the board of trustees of Immaculata College in
Washington and a director and treasurer of the Christ Child Society of Washington.
During World War II, he served as chairman of the Oyster School Ration Board and was a
member of Advisory Board 4 of the area selective service system. He was a member of
the University Club and the National Lawyers Club.
He was an active member of the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament. He served as a
member of the parish council and was president of the parish Home and School
Association and the Holy Name Society.
For a number of years, Mr. Dent maintained the church's tower chimes and was one of
the few people in the United States qualified to service Deagan Tower chimes.
Until five years ago, Mr. Dent would go into the bell tower and work on the rods and
motors, said his son Michael Gregory Dent of Kensington. "He rebuilt all those motors."
"The chimes didn't work when he started about 20 years ago," his son said. Now a
committee takes care of the bell chimes.
Survivors, besides his son, include his wife of 69 years, Elizabeth Cox Dent of
Washington; five other children, Edward A. "Chip" Dent III of Washington, Daniel Joseph
Dent of Bethesda, Penelope Ann Driscoll and Patricia Marie Delany, both of Chevy
Chase, and Elizabeth Ellis of Washington; 19 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.