Norris J.W. Shearer, 80, Army photographer

Norris James William Shearer, an Army photographer who owned and operated several studios in the Baltimore area, died Wednesday of cancer at his vacation home in Florida. The longtime Severna Park resident was 80.

Born and raised in Baltimore, he attended public schools in the Roland Park area before taking a job as a machinist before World War II. He was discharged after brief service in the Army during World War II and then quickly signed on as a photographer for the War Department.


He took publicity shots of generals and identification shots of German and Italian prisoners of war. After the war, he operated a series of photo shops that he owned or co-owned, including Shearford Studios on York Road and Kinling Studios at Broadway and Eastern Avenue.

In 1948, he married Norma Wilson, whom he met during the war while she was working as an Army budget analyst. She survives him.


The couple first lived in Towson and then moved to Linthicum in 1952 and Severna Park in 1965.

In 1964, Mr. Shearer again went to work for the Army as a photographer and remained in the job until he retired in 1984. His work mostly was in connection with Fort Meade.

He was an active member of the Severna Park Elks, the Masonic Lodge and Boumi Temple in Glen Burnie, and the American Legion in Severna Park.

He enjoyed gardening, bird watching, fishing, boating and feeding squirrels.

Services will be held at noon Tuesday at Barranco & Sons Funeral Home, 495 Ritchie Highway, Severna Park.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Nicholas H.N. Shearer of Norfolk, Va.; two daughters, Norma O. Sawyer-Kozdra of Sebastian, Fla., and Norena L. Sells of Odenton; and a sister, Nancy McCauley of Baltimore.