Karl H. Doerre, 75, USF&G vice presidentKarl H. Doerre, a...

November 29, 1996

Karl H. Doerre, 75, USF&G vice president

Karl H. Doerre, a retired United States Fidelity & Guaranty Co. executive, died Sunday of prostate cancer at Blakehurst Retirement Community in Towson. He was 75.

Mr. Doerre, who spent his entire career with USF&G, began working for the company in 1947 and retired as executive vice president in 1986.

The former Timonium resident was born in Alton, Ill., moved to St. Louis as a child and earned a degree there in 1947 from Washington University. During World War II, he served with the Army's 44th Infantry in Europe and was discharged as a sergeant in 1945.

He enjoyed golfing, reading and music and was a member of the Baltimore Country Club.

Services were held yesterday at Ruck Towson Funeral Home.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, the former Irene Buck; a son, Karl E. Doerre of Charlotte, N.C.; two daughters, Marietta D. Brooks of Abingdon and Dorene D. Ross of Gainesville, Fla.; two sisters, Rowena Glanz and Marietta Schmat, both of St. Louis; and seven grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Johns Hopkins Oncology Department, 600 N. Wolfe St., Baltimore 21205; or Worldwide Church of God, Pasadena, Calif. 91123.

The Rev. Paul Bernard Smith, a former Baltimorean who was the retired principal of Holy Angels Roman Catholic School in Chicago, was found slain Saturday. He was 65.

Chicago police have charged three men in the slaying of the dis- abled priest, who was robbed, bound and gagged in his South Side residence.

Father Smith retired last year as principal of Holy Angels, the nation's largest African-American Catholic elementary school, where he had worked for 25 years.

Located in one of the poorest neighborhoods in Chicago, the school has about 1,400 students. Under Father Smith's direction, it became widely recognized for the partnership it forged among parents, church and students.

Born and raised in a segregated Baltimore, Father Smith, an African-American, was rejected for admission to several local Catholic boys' schools before graduating in 1951 from Douglass High School.

He earned his bachelor's degree in 1956 from Loyola College in Baltimore and was ordained after studying at Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans.

He served as pastor of Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Marksville, La., and taught English at Menard High School in Alexandria, La., and at Malcolm X College in Chicago.

A Mass of Resurrection will be offered tomorrow at Holy Angels Roman Catholic Church in Chicago. Plans for a memorial Mass in Baltimore are incomplete.

He is survived by a brother, Leonard Smith of Iowa; and a sister, Agnes Dorsey of Baltimore.

Memorial donations may be made to Holy Angels School, 545 E. Oakwood Blvd., Chicago 60653.

Pub Date: 11/29/96

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