I.D. Shapiro, 88, owner of scrap iron sites, hunter

July 16, 2004

I.D. Shapiro, former president of United Iron and Metal Co. Inc. and a big-game hunter, died of complications from cancer and a stroke Wednesday at his North Baltimore home. He was 88.

Born Israel David Shapiro in Baltimore, he was raised in the city's Easterwood Park section. He was a 1933 City College graduate and earned a bachelor's degree in finance in 1937 from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Mr. Shapiro joined the family scrap iron business established by his father in 1912 on Greenmount Avenue. It later moved to the 2500 block of Wilkens Ave. and had yards on South Catherine Street and Pulaski Highway.

Mr. Shapiro headed the company's M&T Division before becoming president of the company. In 1971, he introduced the first auto shredder in the state that could "fragmentize" 500 junked cars a day into grapefruit-sized pieces of metal.

He sold the business in 1990 to David T. Joseph Co. but continued until his death as president of United Holding Co. Inc., a real estate management and development firm.

He was a longtime member and former president of the Institute of Scrap Iron and Steel.

His philanthropic interests included The Associated and the endowment of the transplant surgery suite at the University of Maryland Medical Center, family members said.

A big-game hunter until he was in his 70s, Mr. Shapiro filmed hunting trips that took him to Africa, Australia, Europe, North America and the North Pole. He also enjoyed lecturing to area groups about his hunting adventures. He also had 100 animals he had shot stuffed and mounted for display in his home, family members said.

He was a former member of Woodholme Country Club and a member of Suburban Country Club, where he enjoyed golfing.

"When he was 81, he shot his age," said his daughter, Jane S. Baum of Pikesville.

Mr. Shapiro was a Mason and a member of Oheb Shalom Congregation.

He was married in 1940 to the former Miriam Melnicove, who died in 1985.

Services will be held at 3 p.m. today at Sol Levinson & Bros., 8900 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville.

In addition to his daughter, Mr. Shapiro is survived by a son, James R. Shapiro of Baltimore; two sisters, Bernice S. Levinson of Baltimore and Lorraine S. Levin of Pikesville; three grandchildren; and special friend Nancy Farmer of Baltimore.

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