Lawrence Sherwood Faith, a retired Baltimore County teacher, died Sunday after a long illness with heart disease and cancer. The Catonsville resident was 73.
A graveside service for Mr. Faith will be private.
Mr. Faith was born March 14, 1917, at his family's home in Berkeley Springs, W.Va., one of 16 children of Harry Erastus Faith and his wife, the former Bertha Elizabeth Barnhart. He was fond of telling stories from an austere childhood, one of the most memorable being a scheme to make money by trapping muskrats. He described his great hope of making a fortune as he sent the first dried hide to a furrier and his great disappointment when he got the pelt back with a note saying, "One mouse hide -- worthless."
He studied agriculture at the University of Maryland College Park, graduating in 1939. He received his advanced professional teaching certificate from Columbia University in 1963.
Mr. Faith began his teaching career on the Eastern Shore in 1939. He also taught at Taneytown before being drafted into the Army during World War II.
During the war, he served as a private, stationed at Fort Lee, Va.
After the war, Mr. Faith tried his hand at farming near Davidsville, Pa. He also taught vocational agriculture at Conemaugh Township High School.
Mr. Faith is survived by his wife of 52 years, the former Florence Vivian Davis; one son, Andrew D. Faith, chief of The Sun's copy desk, of Catonsville; one daughter, Alice L. Trauger of Fairfax, Va.; two brothers, Ralph B. Faith of Santa Monica, Calif., and Stanley Faith of Big Pool; two sisters, Edna Thompson of Cumberland and Rita Unger of Hancock; and three grandsons. Two other sons, Dr. William C. Faith and Dr. Gregory O. Faith, died in 1988.