Herbert Wagner

Herbert Charles Wagner, a retired pharmacist, died Dec. 21 at Sinai Hospital after suffering a fall a week earlier. He was 82 and lived at the Kensington Park Retirement Community.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Forest Park, he was the son of Raphael "Ray" Wagner, a pharmacist who owned a business adjacent to the Hippodrome Theatre, and Rose Waller Wagner, a teacher.


He attended the Robert E. Lee School, No. 49, and was a 1948 City College graduate. He earned a degree in biology at the Johns Hopkins University. He then earned a degree from the University of Maryland's School of Pharmacy.

He met his future wife, the former Ruth Lipsitz, a fourth-grade teacher, while in a bowling league.

Family members said he worked for the old Read's drugstores, Sinai Hospital and the Mount Washington Pediatric Hospital. He also managed and owned a drugstore with a soda fountain, Wagner & Wagner Pharmacists, on Cold Spring Lane in Roland Park. The family business was founded by his father and uncle.

He was a Mason and member of the Amicable St. John's Lodge, the Alpha Zeta Omega Pharmaceutical Fraternity, Senior Pharmacists Association and the Beth Tfiloh Brotherhood. He also attended services at B'nai Israel on Lloyd Street in East Baltimore.

He had lived in the Scotts Level section near Randallstown.

For decades, he served as a Democratic elections judge at Winand Elementary School.

He enjoyed attending Hopkins lacrosse and Maryland football and basketball games as well as Orioles games with family and friends.

"After a game at the old Memorial Stadium, he'd reopen the store and make us milkshakes at the soda fountain," said his daughter, Reenie Wagner of Rockville.

Services were at Sol Levinson and Bros. on Dec. 23.

In addition to his daughter, survivors include a son, Eddie Wagner of Los Gatos, Calif.; another daughter, Harriet Wagner Goldberg of Brooklyn, N.Y.; a brother, Daniel E. Wagner of Baltimore; a sister, Myrna Hurwitz of Baltimore; and four grandchildren. His wife of 27 years died in 1985.