Morgan H. Pritchett


Morgan H. Pritchett, who had been curator of library archives and head of the Maryland Department at the Enoch Pratt Free Library and chairman of the modern languages department at Loyola College, died April 23 after a heart attack at his home on Ken Oak Road in Mount Washington.

Dr. Pritchett, who was 72, retired in 1984 after a year in the curator's post. He had started as head of the Pratt's Maryland Department in 1974.

Before that, he was associate professor of German at Loyola College, where he joined the faculty in 1958. He was named chairman of the modern languages department in 1965.

In retirement, Dr. Pritchett was working on a comprehensive study of free blacks in Baltimore in the 19th century.

Born in Wingate, he grew up in Baltimore and was a graduate of City College. He earned a bachelor's degree at Johns Hopkins University, a master's degree at the University of North Carolina and a doctorate at Hopkins.

He was a collector of German books, stamps, coins and antique watches.

His wife, the former Virginia Snyder, died in 1991.

He is survived by a son, M. Wingate Pritchett of Timonium.

A Mass was offered for Dr. Pritchett on April 27 at the Shrine of the Sacred Heart in Mount Washington. The family suggested memorial contributions to the Endowment Fund of Johns Hopkins University.

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