Stanley Morrow, 76, travel tour director, actor in local theater

September 08, 2004|By Jacques Kelly | Jacques Kelly,SUN STAFF

Stanley Morrow, a travel tour director who appeared in local theatrical productions, died of cancer Friday at Anne Arundel Medical Center. The Annapolis resident was 76.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., Mr. Morrow attended Brooklyn College while working in Yiddish theaters and radio in New York.

For several summers, he was social director of the old Garden House in Hurleyville, N.Y., a Catskill resort, where he met his wife of nearly 50 years, the former Rosalind Meyerson, who survives him.

More than 40 years ago he moved to Glen Burnie, and in 1961 became group travel director for the Maryland American Automobile Association in Baltimore.

After retiring in 1991, he operated Stan Morrow Tours from his home. He arranged and led bus tours to New York City and other destinations.

For the past three decades, Mr. Morrow had appeared in local theaters, often at the Colonial Players in Annapolis where he had roles in Over the River and Through the Woods, Twigs, A Christmas Carol and Kids Cabaret. He played in Rumpelstiltskin's Daughter at the Chesapeake Center for the Performing Arts.

He created the role of Uncle Luigi in a production of Tony n' Tina's Wedding sponsored by the Morris A. Mechanic Theatre and performed at Scarlett Place in 1999.

"The size of the role did not matter," said Edd Miller of Annapolis, a friend for 30 years. "He would do a walk-on or be the lead, as long as there were something to play."

Mr. Morrow also appeared in a recurring role as a copy machine repairman on the television series Homicide: Life on the Street. He did radio commercials for an Annapolis restaurant.

He also enjoyed speaking in dialects and had a working knowledge of French, German, Spanish, Portuguese and Yiddish. He was a co-founder of the Annapolis Polyglot Club.

From time to time, Mr. Morrow was employed as an actor by the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and the University of Maryland, George Washington and Walter Reed medical centers.

Medical staff would give him a set of symptoms. He would then improvise the condition to test medical students on their ability to handle a patient and make a diagnosis.

"He loved that role," said his wife. "He felt he was teaching and educating."

A memorial service was held Monday at Temple Beth Shalom in Arnold. The Morrows were among the temple's founders.

Also surviving are two sons, Scott Morrow of Baltimore and Gary Morrow of Annapolis; two daughters, Jill Morrow of Timonium and Christine Chen-Luke of Melbourne, Fla.; and nine grandchildren.

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