Dr. Ross Z. Pierpont A chance encounter produced this long distance handshake in the City Council chambers between Dr. Ross Z. Pierpont (left), the Republican mayoral candidate, and his Democratic opponent, William Donald Schaefer. Pierpont was a general surgeon and a perennial candidate who ran and lost 16 times for offices including Baltimore mayor and U.S. senator. Pierpont took pride in personally financing all of his campaigns. Pierpont earned degrees from the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy in 1937 and the university's School of Medicine in 1940. He joined the surgical staff at Maryland General in 1945 and remained there until his retirement. Born and raised in Woodlawn, Pierpon was a graduate of Catonsville High School. He died in 2005.
Sun photo by Irving Phillips