Herbert L. Morin Sr., a retired sales engineer and World War II veteran, died Saturday of cancer at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. The Owings Mills resident was 88.
Mr. Morin was born in Covesville, Va., and during the Depression moved to West Baltimore with his family. He graduated from Polytechnic Institute in 1937 and began electrical engineering studies at the University of Maryland, College Park.
During World War II, he enlisted in the Army Air Forces and flew C-47s in the European Theater. He attained the rank of lieutenant, and his decorations included the Air Medal.
He earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering at the Johns Hopkins University in 1952. Mr. Morin was a sales engineer for General Electric Corp. for 30 years, until he retired in 1979.
He had been a gymnast and was a member of the Baltimore Turners Club. He was an avid hiker and had walked most of the Appalachian Trail, alone or with his son.
Mr. Morin was an avid reader whose favorite authors were D.H. Lawrence, E.B. White and Henry David Thoreau, relatives said.
"He was reading newspapers the last week of his life and was an enthusiastic follower of the political scene," said his son, Herbert L. Morin Jr., of Randallstown. "He had hoped to remain alive long enough to see George W. Bush leave office. Sadly for him, it didn't happen."
Mr. Morin, who had lived in Catonsville for many years, also liked making red and white wine and raising roses. His musical taste ranged from listening to the Saturday broadcasts of the Metropolitan Opera Company to bluegrass.
"He referred to himself as a 'high-note junkie,'" his son said.
His wife of 54 years, the former Elizabeth Weber, died in 1996.
Services are private.
Also surviving are a sister, Doris Warehime of Randallstown; and two grandchildren.