Norbert M. Katz

[Age 84] Computer specialist, veteran

September 14, 2007

Norbert M. Katz, a retired computer specialist and World War II veteran, died Tuesday of complications from Parkinson's disease at his home in Fort Myers, Fla. The former Owings Mills resident was 84.

Mr. Katz was born in Chicago and moved with his family to Northwest Baltimore in 1938. He was a 1941 graduate of Forest Park High School and attended Temple University in Philadelphia.

During World War II, Mr. Katz enlisted in the Army. A halftrack driver, he was wounded during the Battle of the Bulge and later sent to a military hospital in England, where he recovered from his injuries. His decorations included the Purple Heart.

After the war, Mr. Katz returned to Baltimore and established the Maryland Quilting Co., which he owned and operated until selling the business in the 1960s.

From 1973 to 1983, he was a computer specialist at the Social Security Administration headquarters in Woodlawn.

He later worked in the same capacity for Native American Consultants, U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Federal Aviation Administration until retiring in 1989.

Mr. Katz, who moved to Fort Myers last year, was a book collector and a world traveler. He also enjoyed casino gambling.

He was a member of the Moses Montefiore-Woodmoor Hebrew Congregation.

Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday at Moses Montefiore-Woodmoor Hebrew Congregation Cemetery, 3901 Washington Blvd.

Survivors include his wife of 25 years, the former Catherine Hayes; a son, Andrew Katz of Owings Mills; two daughters, Sandra Olszewski of Pikesville and Ruth M. Ferger of Glen Burnie; two stepdaughters, Linda Sternberg of Glen Burnie and Barbara Lee of Damascus, Va.; a brother, Lawrence Katz of Pikesville; a sister, Merilyn Katz Fink of Pikesville; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Two previous marriages ended in divorce.

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