Vernon M. Price, 87, news photographer

February 12, 2006

Vernon M. Price, a retired Baltimore newspaper photographer whose career spanned more than four decades, died of heart failure Wednesday at his Towson home. He was 87.

Mr. Price was born in Baltimore and raised on Woodstock Avenue. He was a 1935 graduate of City College and went to work for the old News Post and Sunday Baltimore American as a copy boy in 1937.

During World War II, he served with the Army Signal Corps in Europe, where he attained the rank of corporal.

When he returned to the newspaper after the war, he was promoted to photographer. During his long career, he covered breaking news as well as feature assignments. Some of his work, which earned him local photography awards, was published in Life magazine.

"During his 44-year career as a press photographer, he photographed the famous and not-so-famous people, places and events in Maryland. In addition to dramatic shots of catastrophic events, many of his photos had a humorous touch," said a son, Dale V. Price of Marriottsville.

He retired in 1981.

Mr. Price enjoyed traveling and recorded his journeys with his camera.

He was a member of Warren Lodge 51 of the Masons and Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church, 4605 Belair Road, where services will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow.

Also surviving are his wife of 63 years, the former Dorothy Grauer; another son, Gary W. Price of Parkville; two granddaughters; and a great-grandson.

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