William H. Spencer, City educatorServices for William H...


December 29, 1991

William H. Spencer, City educator

Services for William H. Spencer, a retired educator who worked in Baltimore's public school system for 35 years, will be held at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Pennsylvania Avenue A.M.E. Zion Church, 1124 Pennsylvania Ave.

Mr. Spencer died Christmas night at his Northwest Baltimore home after a long illness. He was 69.

In 1946, a teaching position at Cherry Hill Junior High School began his career in Baltimore's school system. He worked at several educational levels and in several schools, including Harlem Park Junior High and Madison Square Elementary, where he was vice principal.

He was a former principal of the Baltimore City Jail School and a teacher in the Adult Basic Education program at Harford Institute, formerly on North Avenue and 25th Street. He worked with the Community College of Baltimore's homeless from 1989 to 1990.

Mr. Spencer had served as president of a chapter of the American Association Retired Persons and was a member of the Seniors Get Help program at Liberty Medical Center. He was also a member of the John H. Bias Chapter of the Elizabeth City State Alumni Association.

He had been a member of the Pennsylvania Avenue A.M.E. Zion Church since 1947. His activities in the church included being a trustee, a director of Christian education, and a member of the North Carolina Club (a church-affiliated group). He participated in various fund-raising activities for the church.

Mr. Spencer was born in Camden, N.C., and was educated in the public school system of Elizabeth City, where he graduated from P.W. Moore High School in 1940. Later that year, he married the former Elizabeth Taylor, a classmate from elementary school through college.

He received a bachelor's degree from what was then Elizabeth City State Teachers College in 1944 and later pursued graduate studies at Ohio State University, the University of Maryland and Morgan State University.

In 1945, he entered the U.S. Navy and, when released a little less than a year later, moved to Maryland.

He is survived by four daughters, Evelyn King, Wilhelmina Burford, the Rev. Linda Pierce and Joanne Wright, all of Baltimore; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Dr. Herbert Dickerman, a former associate professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, died of cancer Monday at the Moffit Cancer Center in Florida. He was 63.

Born in the Bronx in New York City, Dr. Dickerman earned a bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Wisconsin in 1947. Five years later, he earned his medical degree from the State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center, and became the first Downstate graduate to receive the prestigious Osler internship at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, where he stayed until 1953.

After a one-year medical residency at Stanford University Hospital, Dr. Dickerman served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy Medical Corps.

After receiving his doctorate in biochemistry from Johns Hopkins University in 1960, Dr. Dickerman remained at the university to teach in the Department of Medicine. Later, he was an investigator at the National Heart Institute of the National Institutes of Health, and a visiting scientist at the Roche Institute of Molecular Biology in New Jersey.

After moving to Albany, N.Y., in 1975, Dr. Dickerman became assistant director of Clinical Research at the New York State Department of Health. He became director of Clinical Sciences for the New York State Department of Health's Wadsworth Center for Laboratories and Research in 1982. In 1986, he became director of Wadsworth Center, a post he held until his death.

He was elected to the Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars in 1990 and was a member of the American Society of Biological Chemists and the Endocrine Society.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at the Louis Swyer Theater of the Empire State Performing Arts Center.

Dr. Dickerman is survived by his father, Leopold Dickerman of Deerfield Beach, Fla.; his wife of 28 years, Mary Cole Dickerman of Loudonville, N.Y.; three daughters, Leah Anne Dickerman of New York City, Sara Ruth Dickerman of Loudonville and Lisa Akchin of Baltimore; a son, Samuel Cole Dickerman of Portland, Ore.; and two grandchildren.

Donations may be sent to the Herbert W. Dickerman Memorial Fund, Empire State Plaza, Corning Tower, Room 1683, Albany, N.Y. 12237.

Dr. Alvin L. Berman, Anatomy professor

Dr. Alvin L. Berman, a Baltimore native who was an authority on the anatomy of the brain, died of cancer Dec. 2 at University Hospital in Madison, Wis. He was 67.

A graduate of Forest Park High School, Dr. Berman received his undergraduate degree from the Johns Hopkins University before going to work as a real estate manager and developer of homes in Sudbrook Park. Later, he returned to Hopkins for graduate study in physiology, receiving his doctorate in 1957.

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