Solomon T. Hurwitz, a retired advertising photographer and lithographer, died of apparent heart failure yesterday at his Northwest Baltimore home. He was 82.
An East Baltimore native and City College graduate, he was self-taught in his professional skills.
Drafted into the Army during World War II, he talked his way into a transfer from an assignment as a baker to photographic work. He became chief photographer at a military base in Bermuda and attained the rank of technical sergeant.
After the war, he was hired by Mar-Matic Sales on the recommendation of a brother-in-law, Joseph Mignogna, who was working there at the time. He stayed for more than 30 years as a photographer and lithographer, producing company advertising and catalogs, including several years in a part-time capacity after suffering a stroke in 1975.
He also enjoyed photography as a hobby, but his passions were reading and music. "He said that without music and books he could not exist," recalled his wife of 53 years, the former Dorothy Caplan.
He was very interested in history -- particularly of the Jewish people after a brother, the late Max Hurwitz, moved to Israel years ago. He was a longtime member of the Rogers Avenue Synagogue.
He had no middle name, but gave himself the middle initial T -- "for the word Tove, which means peace," his wife said.
Services were set for 10 a.m. today at Sol Levinson & Bros., 6010 Reisterstown Road.
Surviving, in addition to his wife, are a sister, Leah Leven of Baltimore; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorial donations may be made to homeless causes or the Johns Hopkins Children's Center.