Morris L. Scherr, 76

Hospital administrator

July 30, 2008|By JACQUES KELLY

Morris Lewis Scherr, a retired hospital administrator who did needlework and built dollhouses, died of lymphoma Thursday at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. The Towson resident was 76.

Born in Baltimore and raised on Egerton Road, he was a 1950 Forest Park High School graduate. He earned a degree at the Johns Hopkins University and studied history at the University of Chicago before serving in the Army from 1956 to 1958.

He was stationed at Camp Kure, Japan, about 20 miles from Hiroshima. He later wrote in a family history of the "sobering experience to stand at Ground Zero and contemplate the devastation which was heaped upon that city" after the first atomic bomb was dropped.

He then became a disability determinations reviewer and later a rehabilitation counselor for the state of Maryland.

From 1962 to 1968, he was executive director of the Maryland Association for Retarded Children. Later, he was administrative officer for Sheppard Pratt Hospital for 14 years.

He was then executive vice president and chief operating officer of Taylor Health System in Ellicott City. Mr. Scherr retired in 2002.

Mr. Scherr enjoyed traveling. He subscribed to the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the Baltimore Opera Company. He collected old tobacco tins and participated in Johns Hopkins Alumni Association events.

He did needlework and won a 1978 best-in-show award from the Three Arts Club of Homeland. He built dollhouses for his grandchildren and did genealogies for his family and friends.

Family members said Mr. Scherr, a member of Temple Oheb Shalom, was proud of his Jewish heritage.

Services were held Friday in Pikesville.

Survivors include his wife of 24 years, Priscilla Musgrove Tainter; two daughters, Missy Scherr-Phillips of Emmitsburg and Anna S. Berman of Warren, N.J.; two stepdaughters, Judith T. Mann of Catonsville and Pamela Tainter-Causey of Timonium; a sister, Lucille Alter of Baltimore; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandsons. Mr. Scherr's first marriage, to Charlotte Himelfarb, ended in divorce in 1981.

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