Robert Joseph Shockley

Robert Joseph Shockley, a former Loch Raven Elementary School principal, died of cancer Jan. 13 at Metropolitan Hospital in Miami. The former Towson resident was 92.

Born in Greensboro in Caroline County, he was the son of William Harvey Shockley, who operated a milk route, and Margaret Shockley, a teacher. Raised in Cumberland, he was a 1938 graduate of Fort Hill High School and earned a bachelor's degree at what is now Frostburg State University.


Dr. Shockley served in the Army's Signal Corps and Air Forces during World War II and was assigned to Japan and the Philippines. He earned a master's degree and a doctorate at Columbia University.

He taught at the Columbia Grammar School in New York City for several years and became principal of Loch Raven Elementary School on Glen Keith Boulevard in 1952. He earlier taught at the school and was briefly vice principal.

Dr. Shockley retained his friendship with former Spiro T. Agnew, the former vice president and Maryland governor, who was a former president of the Loch Raven Elementary PTA. The two also were active in the Kiwanis Club. Dr. Shockley attended Agnew's 1969 vice-presidential inauguration.

Dr. Shockley received the Arthur C. Croft "Principal of the Year" Leadership Award in 1960.

Dr. Shockley was a consultant in the educational department of the old Glenn L. Martin Co. and taught at the McCoy College of the Johns Hopkins University and at Frostburg.

He was later assistant superintendent and director of curriculum in Allegany County and retired in 1984 as assistant schools superintendent in Prince George's County.

Dr. Shockley enjoyed golf and travel and wrote a book, "Your Future in Elementary School Teaching," as well as other articles.

Plans for a memorial service are incomplete.

Survivors include two sons, Jay Shockley of New York City and James Shockley of Jacksonville, Fla.; two daughters, Dorothy Avondstondt of Coral Gables, Fla., and Susan McCutcheon of Hohenfels, Germany; and four grandchildren. His wife of 51 years, the former Thelma Manahan, died in 1995. He then married the former Patria Grantham. She died in 2011.