Isador B. Terrell, securities broker

August 01, 1994|By Patrick Hickerson | Patrick Hickerson,Contributing Writer

Isador B. Terrell, who was a securities broker in Baltimore well into his 80s, died Friday of pneumonia at North Oaks Retirement Home in Pikesville. He was 91.

He retired as a securities broker at age 87 after working for several area firms, including what is now Legg Mason Inc. and Thomson McKinnon Securities, where he ended his career after more than 55 years in the field. His specialty was railroad securities.

Mr. Terrell, who lived in the Baltimore area his whole life, graduated from City College in 1918 and earned a degree in economics from the Johns Hopkins University in 1922.

After attending Harvard University for a year, he earned his law degree from the University of Maryland. He began practicing law in 1927.

During the Depression, Mr. Terrell was a social worker briefly, helping transient seamen.

By 1961, he had become a full-time stockbroker with what is now Legg Mason until he retired for the first time in 1972.

A year later, he came out of retirement to work for Thomson McKinnon.

In a 1987 interview in The Evening Sun, Mr. Terrell explained that he stayed on the job more than 20 years past the traditional age "mainly to keep occupied."

"I'm not the kind of person who likes to sit home and be inactive," he said. "I'd rather have something to do."

Recalling the stock market crash of 1929 and its aftermath, he said, "I remember going from Baltimore to New York on the train, and as you passed Wilmington, you saw a chain of factories, every one with dead smokestacks. The country's industry was at a standstill. I can't see that happening today."

In 1935, Mr. Terrell married Harriet Levin, niece of Henrietta Szold, founder of Hadassah. Mrs. Terrell died in 1968.

Mr. Terrell recalled Ms. Szold's contributions in "Shalom Baltimore," a four-part series devoted to Baltimore's Jewish community that was broadcast on WBAL-TV in 1984.

He had a strong interest in classical music and served on the board of directors of the Shriver Hall Concert Series.

He is survived by three sons, Louis M. Terrell of Del Mar, Calif., Henry S. Terrell of Bethesda and Stanley S. Terrell of Tegucigalpa, Honduras; and four grandchildren.

Services are set for 11 a.m. tomorrow at Sol Levinson & Bros., 6010 Reisterstown Road.

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