Lawrence Sherwood Faith, a retired Baltimore County teacher, died Sunday after a long illness with heart disease and cancer. The Catonsville resident was 73.
A graveside service for Mr. Faith will be private.
Mr. Faith was born March 14, 1917, at his family's home in Berkeley Springs, W.Va., one of 16 children of Harry Erastus Faith and his wife, the former Bertha Elizabeth Barnhart. He was fond of telling stories from an austere childhood, one of the most memorable being a scheme to make money by trapping muskrats. He described his great hope of making a fortune as he sent the first dried hide to a furrier and his great disappointment when he got the pelt back with a note saying, "One mouse hide -- worthless."
He studied agriculture at the University of Maryland College Park, graduating in 1939. He received his advanced professional teaching certificate from Columbia University in 1963.