Rev. O. W. Perry Sr.Religious writerServices for the Rev...


August 11, 1991

Rev. O. W. Perry Sr.

Religious writer

Services for the Rev. Oberlin Watford Perry Sr., a retired teacher, counselor and pastor, will be at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at Leadenhall Baptist Church, at Leadenhall and Cross streets.

Dr. Perry, who lived for more than 40 years in the 2100 block of North Fulton Avenue, died Wednesday at the Liberty Medical Center of complications from diabetes. He was 76.

Dr. Perry was an assistant and pastor of the First Baptist Church of Fairfield from 1981 to 1987. He then became an associate minister at Leadenhall Baptist until he became ill.

With his wife, the former Chandler Ricks, whom he married in 1968, he wrote the books, "Inspirational Readings," and "Healing Words from the Bible."

He also wrote many articles and brochures on counseling and religious education.

For many years, he ran religious training programs and wrote workbooks in counseling, church doctrine, organization and other topics for churches throughout the city.

He was an elementary teacher in Baltimore public schools from 1936 to 1960 and a high school counselor from 1960 to 1963.

He then worked as a counselor and educational psychologist in the testing division in the school system central office until his retirement in 1974.

During that time, he also taught adult education for 12 years at night.

A native of Winfall, N.C., he came to Baltimore as a boy and graduated from Frederick Douglass High School, where he was a member of the National Honor Society.

He earned a teaching degree from Coppin State College in 1936, a bachelor of science degree in elementary education from Morgan State College in 1948, a master's degree in psychology and educational administration from Loyola College in 1956, and a master's degree from the Howard University School of Divinity in 1978.

He received an honorary degree from Virginia Seminary and College, as well as numerous awards from the Boy Scouts of America and other groups for his community service and work with Baltimore churches.

He was a member of the Metro Baptists, a group of local ministers promoting integration, and the Baptist Ministers' Conference of Baltimore and Vicinity.

He also worked with the church Sunday school and was a member of the Brotherhood since 1926. The group offers mentors to young males in the church.

During World War II, he served as a corporal in the Army Quartermaster Corps, and was assigned overseas to an administrative post in the Southwest Pacific.

He enjoyed carpentry and repair projects. In one such project, he bought and repaired used typewriters for college-bound young people who could not afford them.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Oberlin W. Perry Jr. of Raleigh, N.C.; two sisters, Evelyn P. White and Clara P. Gordon, both of Baltimore; and a grandson.

The family will receive visitors at 7 p.m. at Leadenhall Baptist Church. Memorial contributions may be made to the Oberlin W. Perry Sr. Scholarship Fund at the church. A Mass of Christian burial for William Newton Schmitz, retired vice president and treasurer of E. John Schmitz & Sons Inc. printing company, will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. Dominic Roman Catholic Church, 5300 Harford Road.

Mr. Schmitz died Thursday at his home in the 2700 block of Gibbons Avenue of complications from diabetes and heart disease. He was 71.

The Baltimore native was a 1937 graduate of Loyola High School and received a degree in accounting from the University of Baltimore in 1941.

He served stateside in the Army Air Forces during World War II and worked in the accounting department for the Glenn L. Martin for several years before joining his father and brother at their small family printing business in 1948.

He retired in 1989 from the company, founded by his father in 1937. Schmitz Press had moved from its longtime headquarters on Oliver Street to Joppa Road in 1979, then in 1989 to its current location at Loveton Circle in Hunt Valley.

The company's work includes prize-winning multicolor corporate reports and museum posters and brochures, which have brought it recognition throughout the Mid-Atlantic region.

Mr. Schmitz was married in 1944 to the former Mary A. Rial.

In addition to his family and business activities, Mr. Schmitz was a lifelong aviation enthusiast and a member of the Soaring Society of America.

A devout Roman Catholic, he served as an usher at St. Dominic Church and was a member of the Holy Name Society and Knights of Columbus Notre Dame Council 2901.

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