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Benedict L. Kerr


Benedict L. Kerr, 92, a retired Baltimore jeweler, died Wednesday at the Har Sinai House for senior citizens.

Services were held yesterday for Mr. Kerr.

Born in Odessa, Ukraine, he emigrated with his family to Philadelphia when he was 5 years old. He was reared there and attended the Wharton School of Finance in 1919. In 1930, he moved to Baltimore with his wife, Lillian, and began a long career in the retail business.

Mr. Kerr was a founder of the Howard Street Jewelers in Baltimore and the owner of Giftland Jewelers in Glen Burnie. He was active in the Baltimore Jewelers Association and the Retail Credit Bureau of Baltimore.

His wife died in 1978.

He is survived by a daughter, Elaine Janofsky of Baltimore; a son, David M. Kerr of Pasadena; a brother, William Kerr of Cherry Hill, N.J.; five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

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