Jacob Joseph Lerner, a Baltimore Sun truck driver for 35 years who excelled in the art of ceramics, died of leukemia Dec. 10 at Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Mr. Lerner, who was 74, began his career selling newspapers on the streets of East Baltimore as a boy.
Born in Highlandtown, he was educated in city public schools before being drafted into the Army during World War II. During the war he was stationed in Alaska with a medical corps and was commended for rescuing troops after a transport ship sank off Anchorage.
He returned to the Baltimore Sun newspapers after his discharge and drove a truck delivering The Evening Sun until retirement in 1980.