Maurice R. Shochatt, 80, journalist, P.R. man

December 19, 1991|By Frank D. Roylance

Maurice R. Shochatt, 80, a journalist and public relations man with a voice in many Baltimore causes, died yesterday at Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center and Hospital of complications from cerebral palsy and diabetes.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. tomorrow at the Levinson funeral establishment, 6010 Reisterstown Road. Burial will be in Petach Tickvah Congregation Cemetery in Rosedale.

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 City College in 1929, and served for many years thereafter as secretary and booster for his class.

He was a graduate of 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 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 for 14 years executive director of the Maryland Improvement Contractors Association.

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.; and two nieces and two nephews.

The family said memorial contributions can be made to the Boys and Girls Club of Maryland, in care of Steve Morris, executive director, 100 Water St., Baltimore 21202.

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