Henry W. Morin, 86, SSA specialist

February 25, 2006

Henry William Morin, a retired Social Security Administration specialist and big-band enthusiast, died of complications from a stroke Monday at Spa Creek Nursing Center in Annapolis. He was 86.

Mr. Morin was born in Whittemore, Mich., and raised in Berkley, Mich., a suburb of Detroit. A trombonist, he served with the 11th Armored Division Band during World War II and fought at the Battle of the Bulge.

After the war, Mr. Morin enrolled at Michigan State University on the GI Bill and earned a bachelor's degree and two master's degrees, one in history and the other in political science.

He began working in 1950 for the Social Security Administration in Detroit and Pontiac, Mich., and moved in the late 1950s to Catonsville when he joined the SSA's headquarters in Woodlawn. He was a social insurance specialist at the time of his 1980 retirement.

Mr. Morin, an Annapolis resident, played trombone with the Social Security Administration Band and a group called Sentimental Journey.

"He also was a political junkie and liked discussing politics," said his wife of 46 years, the former Isobel Varney.

Services for Mr. Morin with military honors will be held at 2 p.m. March 13 at Arlington National Cemetery.

Also surviving are two sons, William P. Morin of Cape St. Claire and Joseph A. Morin of Columbia; a daughter, Anne M. Grace of Piney Orchard; and three grandchildren.

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