Harry K. Shock, 73, child welfare social worker, drug abuse researcher

January 01, 2000|By Heather Dewar | Heather Dewar,SUN STAFF

Harry Keller Shock, a child welfare social worker and drug abuse researcher, died Wednesday at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center after a stroke. He was 73.

Born in Hampden, Mr. Shock raised eight children in Baltimore. He was proud that six of his children live in the city and hold public service jobs with the state. "He loved the city and was very committed to it," said his daughter, Jane Frances Shock.

In 1956, he married Mount St. Agnes College graduate Mary Catherine McCann. Each of their children is named after a saint. "It's a traditional Baltimore Irish-Catholic family," said Jane Shock. "My father was very, very Irish," with a passion for Irish history and literature.

Mr. Shock graduated from Loyola High School and Loyola College. In 1949, he became the first male social worker in Baltimore City's child protective services department. He served as a Juvenile Court clerk from 1950 to 1962.

In 1962, he became involved in the relatively new field of drug abuse research, working for a Maryland consulting firm, Friends of Psychiatric Research. "He was interviewing drug addicts and doing basic research analysis," Jane Shock said. "Some of this went toward designing treatment programs. He was in general very compassionate and interested in helping people."

He left the research firm in the early 1980s to work as a human resources analyst for the Maryland Department of Education until his retirement in 1981.

He was an opera aficionado, a golfer and a frequent visitor to the Enoch Pratt Free Library. "He just loved the library," Jane Shock said. "We all use the library. That's one of the things that makes a city great."

A memorial Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, 5300 N. Charles St.

In addition to his wife and daughter, Mr. Shock is survived by two sons, Joseph Patrick Shock of Baltimore and John Stephen Shock of Baton Rouge, La.; five daughters, Mary Kathleen Shock, Patricia Ann Jarkowski, Margaret Mary Hughes and Regina Marie Shock of Baltimore, and Elizabeth Ann-Seton Costa of Cumberland; and 13 grandchildren.

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