Dennis passed away at our center in Reston on December 24, at the age of 86. The cause of death was lymphoma. Dennis was born in Lakewood, New Jersey, on September 14, 1933, the son of Rear Admiral Calvin M. Bolster (USN) and the former Agnes Elizabeth Ryan. He was raised in Washington DC where he attended Gonzaga College High School and then went on to study business at Duke University where he had been recruited to play for the golf team, serving as team captain in his senior year.
Upon his college graduation in 1956, he enlisted in the United States Army and served in Germany. After he was honorably discharged in 1959, he worked as an administrator for Lockheed Missile Defense Corporation in Sunnyvale, California, for four years. While at Lockheed he obtained an MBA from the University of Santa Clara.
In 1963 Dennis moved to Washington DC where he met Opus Dei and committed his life to Our Lord as a numerary. He worked for the consulting firm Kosh Glassman Associates where he was engaged in financial analysis, From 1977 until 1999, he was employed by Foster Associates, retiring as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. At Foster his duties included representing public utilities before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and other government agencies.
Dennis contributed his time and expertise to many charitable and educational projects. In 1968 he co-founded The Heights School for boys, Initially in Washington DC. and now in Potomac, Maryland, he toiled tirelessly behind the scenes for years to advance this new corporate apostolate of Opus Dei. He served on its board of directors for many years.
Beginning in 1992 he assisted in the management of the Catholic Information Center in Washington DC and served on its board. In 2001 he helped launch Longlea Conference Center in Culpeper, Virginia. Longlea provides spiritual retreats and other programs under the auspices of Opus Dei.
Dennis will always be remembered for his affectionate interest in each person he encountered, his congenial demeanor, his wise counsel and optimistic response to adversity.
A viewing will be held at Reston Study Center, 1810 Old Reston Ave., Reston, Virginia, on January 2 from 7 to 9 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, Great Falls, Virginia, on January 3 at 10:00 a.m. Following the Mass, internment will take place at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Silver Spring, Maryland.
In lieu of flowers, friends are invited to contribute to Reston Study Center, www.restonstudycenter.org. Please continue to pray for the repose of Dennis' soul
Our prayers also turn to the Holy Family today. Let us ask Our Lord to bless and protect all families, as we give thanks for His gifts to our families during the past year.
All are invited to our Family Christmas Gathering Epiphany Sunday, Jan 5,
from 2 to 5 p.m. Solemn Benediction will be celebrated at 2:30 p.m.
Wishing you and your family the special blessings of the Christmas season.