Lawrence Katz, a retired electrical engineer and World War II veteran, died Tuesday on his 93rd birthday at Sinai Hospital’s Season Hospice after having suffered a stroke. He was a longtime Pikesville resident.
Lawrence Katz, the son of Andrew Katz, an electrician, and his wife, Rose Katz, a homemaker, was born in Chicago. After his father was killed in an industrial accident in 1938, his mother and two siblings moved to Northwest Baltimore to be near relatives.
After graduating from Forest Park High School in 1944, he began electrical engineering studies at the Johns Hopkins University, which were interrupted when he joined the U.S. Merchant Marine.
Mr. Katz served from 1945 to 1948 aboard ships as an engine room mechanic. He returned to Hopkins, from which he obtained a degree in electrical engineering. In the 1960s, he earned a master’s degree in business from George Washington University.
In addition to his wife and son, Mr. Katz is survived by another son, Dr. Howard Katz of Lutherville; a daughter, Linda Katz of Washington; a sister, Merilyn Fink of Roland Park; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.