Maurice R. Shochatt, 80, a journalist and public relations man with a voice in many Baltimore causes, died early today from complications of cerebral palsy and diabetes at the Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center and Hospital in Baltimore.
Born in Ukraine, Mr. Shochatt came to America as a child and settled in Baltimore with his parents, the late Sholom and Shiffa Shochatt. He graduated from Baltimore City College in 1929, and served for many years thereafter as secretary and booster for his class.
He was a graduate of the Baltimore Hebrew College and taught in Hebrew schools for several years. He also studied journalism at the University of Maryland.
Early in his career, Mr. Shochatt wrote for the old Baltimore News-Post, and later for the Baltimore Jewish Times. He also served as editor and publisher of the weekly Baltimore Beacon.
With his friend, companion and co-worker Julia Yohn Pickett, he operated a small public relations firm associated with the Beacon for many years.
During his career, Mr. Shochatt was editor of the Menorah Light of the B'nai B'rith, and won several national awards. He also produced the weekly Baltimore Billboard radio program on WITH Radio.
Active with many civic organizations, Mr. Shochatt was for more than 35 years co-founder, executive vice president and spokesman for the Safety First Club; co-founder and executive vice president of the Sports Boosters of Maryland; founder and executive director of the Metropolitan Civic Association; and executive director of the Maryland Improvement Contractors Association for 14 years.
Before the tradition was ended, Mr. Shochatt helped promote and organize the annual Interfaith Baseball Game at Memorial Stadium.
He also was long active with the Rogers Avenue Synagogue.
Survivors include a sister, Manya Shapiro of Seattle; a cousin, the Rabbi Gary G. Perras of Jacksonville, Fla.; two nieces and two nephews.
The funeral will be held at the Levinson funeral establishment, 6010 Reisterstown Road, but arrangements were incomplete.