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William E. Moritz

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William Earl Moritz, 90, of Westminster, died Sunday, Oct. 3, 2010, at Carroll Lutheran Village Healthcare. Born May 4, 1920, in Baltimore, he was the son of the late William E. and Mary Neal Moritz. He was the husband of Laura Estelle Wall Moritz, who died in January 2008. He was a graduate of City College in Baltimore and the FAA Academy in Oklahoma City. He began his aviation career as a radio operator with Pan American Airways in the late 1930s. In 1939, he became an air traffic controller at Baltimore Municipal Airport, which later became Harbor Field. At that time the controllers had to install their own communications equipment in addition to controlling aircraft. When the FAA started taking over the control towers in the 1940s, he became one of the first federal air traffic controllers in the state of Maryland. He served with the Navy during World War II as an electronics and radar instructor stationed in Corpus Christi, Texas. In June 1950 he became part of the original air traffic control staff at Friendship International Airport tower, now Baltimore-Washington International, when the airport opened. He retired as an air traffic controller and assistant chief at BWI with 40 years of service. During his 40 years, he was assigned to other facilities to conduct commissioning flight checks of newly installed or modified Radar systems. He also held a commercial pilot's rating since the late 1940s. Prior to his management position at BWI, he also had a side business fixing TVs and electronics, either in people's homes or in his home workshop. After retirement, he and his wife moved to Oregon to try their hand at farming. Their Oregon home had numerous trees, fruit, vegetables and prize-winning flowers. His wife took care of the flower beds while he concentrated on the garden and trees. Nearly one-third of their flower garden was devoted to different varieties of iris, some of which were hybrids of their own that they developed. In 1993, The American Iris Society awarded him best specimen of show for his Twink, the section medal for sweepstakes in the Standard Dwarf Bearded, and the silver medal for excellence in exhibiting the most blue ribbon specimens at the Greater Portland Iris Society. He had grown up in the Methodist church, but when he met his wife, he started attending church at Brantley Baptist Church in Baltimore. While living in Catonsville, he was active in the men's group at Catonsville Presbyterian Church. In retirement in Oregon, he was the treasurer for many years at Hollyview Baptist Church in Gresham. He and his wife spent 23 years of retirement in Oregon where they had many friends at Hollyview Baptist Church, garden club activities, the Portland Iris Society and neighbors. They then moved back to Westminster and lived 12 years at Carroll Lutheran Village. They lived for more than three years in a cottage, several years in Divan House and then the last two years he lived in nursing care. Surviving are children Wilma E. Rosenberger, of Taneytown, William E. Moritz III, of Groton, Conn., Faye M. Liston and husband Bill, of Waxhaw, N.C., and Laura E. Hopper and husband Jack, of Portland, Ore.; grandchildren Nicole E. Thrift and husband Kenneth, of Taneytown, Gregory J. Vinck, of Southport, N.C., Kelly Stinson and husband Nicholas, of Rowlett, Texas, Eric Hopper and wife Amy, of Portland, David Hopper and wife Yoshe, of Beaverton, Ore., and Adam Hopper and wife Christi, of Portland; great-grandchildren Matthew, Jenna and Faith Thrift, of Taneytown, Emma and Allison Stinson, of Rowlett, Sam and Lucinda Hopper, of Portland, and Maya and John Hopper, of Beaverton; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by brothers Neal and Donald Moritz. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until the time of service, noon Tuesday, at Carroll Lutheran Village's Krug Chapel, 300 St. Luke Circle, Westminster, with Chaplain Jimmie Schwartz officiating. Interment will be in Garrison Forest Veterans Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be sent to Carroll Hospice, 292 Stoner Ave., Westminster, MD 21157; the Laura E. and William E. Moritz Endowment Fund at Carroll Lutheran Village, 300 St. Luke Circle, Westminster, MD 21158; or to the Adult Hydrocephalus Center at The Sandra and Malcolm Berman Brain & Spine Institute, c/o LifeBridge Health Department of Development, 2401 W. Belvedere Ave., Baltimore, MD 21215. Arrangements are by Pritts Funeral Home & Chapel in Westminster. Online condolences may be offered at www.prittsfuneralhome.com. Sign this guest book online at www.carrollcountytimes.com.
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Published in Carroll County Times on Oct. 6, 2010
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