Herman M. Lurie
Owned bag company
Herman M. Lurie, a Russian immigrant who established and operated the Premium Bag Co. in Baltimore for about 50 years, died Thursday of heart failure at Baltimore County General Hospital. He was 85.
Services were held Friday.
Mr. Lurie was a strong supporter of Jewish charities and institutions in the Baltimore area.
He founded the bag company with his late brother, Milton, about 1930, and the business continued until his retirement in 1980. The company bought, sold and traded large industrial burlap bags used in shipping. It had about 50 employees at its peak.
After closing the company, he worked in sales from his home. Mr. Lurie lived at the North Oaks Retirement Community in Northwest Baltimore.
He came to Ellis Island, N.Y., from Russia in 1920 at the age of 13, then joined relatives in Baltimore. He attended English language and other classes at Calvert Evening College, eventually earning an accounting degree. He worked with relatives in the bag business before launching his own company.
He was a member of Beth Jacob Synagogue in Baltimore and actively supported Associated Jewish Charities. He also was a supporter of Ner Israel Rabbinical College in Pikesville and the Talmudical Academy of Baltimore. He often visited residents of the Levindale Nursing Home and helped families move relatives into the residence.
He was patriarch of the Rachel Looban Family Circle, an $H extended family group.
Mr. Lurie was an avid golfer and member of the Bonnie View Country Club, where he was nicknamed "Straight Down The Middle" Lurie.
He is survived by his wife, Miriam Sumers Lurie of Northwest Baltimore; a sister, Goldie Lurie of Baltimore; two daughters, Leah Heyn and Myra Hettleman of Baltimore; six grandsons and one granddaughter.
The family suggested contributions to Levindale Nursing Home, 2434 W. Belvedere Ave., Baltimore, Md. 21215, or to The Dementia Research Clinic, Johns Hopkins Hospital, 600 N. Wolfe St., 21205. A memorial service for Katherine Rockwell Huse, who was active in a number of Washington area organizations for many years, will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, at 1 p.m. at All Saints Episcopal Church in Chevy Chase.
Mrs. Huse, who was 92 and had lived in Chevy Chase since 1941, died of sepsis last Monday at the Manor Care Nursing Center in Towson.
She was a former president of the Montgomery County Planned Parenthood League and worked to bring charter government to Montgomery County. She volunteered at the Episcopal Center for Children in Washington, as well as the Fernwood Nursing and Retirement Home.
She also was active in the Chevy Chase Women's Club and had been a lay-reader of high school theme papers for the Montgomery County Department of Education, correcting student papers for teachers. She was a member of Theta Sigma Phi, the forerunner of Women in Communications, a journalism group, as well as a member of Delta Gamma, a sorority she joined at the University of Wisconsin. She earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from Wisconsin in 1922.
Survivors include two daughters, Pamela Huse Wallace of Towson and Joan Huse Cornog of Guilford, Conn.; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.