Hershel H. Newlin, a public high school teacher in Baltimore and former naval officer, died Tuesday of congestive heart failure at his home in Jacksonville, northern Baltimore County. He was 93.
For about eight years in the 1930s, Mr. Newlin taught mechanical drawing and shop at Polytechnic Institute and Southern High School.
"He was proud of having taught at Poly, and he was also proud of having been an officer in the Navy," said his son, Michael J. Newlin Jr. of Timonium.
Born in Marshall, Ind., Mr. Newlin worked as a teen with his father building and remodeling houses, barns and churches.
Mr. Newlin attended Butler and DePauw universities before transferring to Indiana State University, from which he graduated.
He taught at an Ohio high school before moving to Baltimore in 1933, where he taught at Poly and Southern.
He returned to Odon, Ind., about 1940 and married his childhood sweetheart, Treva Sims. The couple moved to Baltimore, and Mr. Newlin taught at Annapolis High School and at the now-defunct Boys Vocational School.
In 1944, Mr. Newlin enlisted as a commissioned officer in the Navy and served as a supply supervisor for ships. He was discharged in 1947 with the rank of lieutenant commander.
Mr. Newlin returned to Baltimore schools after the service, and he was the manager of school facilities at the old 25th Street headquarters. He retired in 1958.
Treva Newlin died in 1993. Because of failing health, Mr. Newlin moved to Phoenix Adult Care facility near his home in Jacksonville.
A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. today at Lemmon Funeral Home, 10 W. Padonia Road, Timonium. Burial will be in Dulaney Memorial Gardens.
He also is survived by a brother, Melvin Newlin of Marshall, Ind., several grandchildren and great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.