John Earle "Shorty" Surrick Jr. Of Annapolis, MD Shorty Surrick, died on April 6, 2012. The eldest of six children, he was born to Florence and Jack Surrick in 1927 in Chester, PA. He joined the Army in 1946 and was stationed in Japan.When he returned to the U.S., he followed his father into communications, going into the very new world of television. He started in television news in Baltimore, at WJZ, and moved to WBAL in the early fifties. In 1966, he was recruited to be the Director of Communications for Television and Radio for Governor Spiro T. Agnew.He went with Agnew from the State House in Annapolis to the White House in Washington, DC where he became a Special Assistant to the Vice President. His duties included interfacing with Congress and advancing and accompanying the Vice President on his trips around the country and around the globe. He left the service of the Vice President in 1973 and went to work for HHS where he became the spokesperson for the Interagency Task Force on Indonesia - working to place the refugees from Vietnam and Cambodia.He later worked as the press liaison for the Board of Trustees of Maryland State Colleges and, in his retirement, he worked in the bill room during the legislative sessions in Annapolis. Survivors: His wife Betsy Jordan; 2 brothers - the Honorable R. Barclay Surrick and Robert Surrick; his sister Sue Case; his 3 children - John E. Surrick III, Marion Leukhardt and Carolyn Surrick; his 5 beloved grandchildren and one great-grandchild.Service will be held at 2 PM Saturday, April 14, 2012, at St. Margaret's Episcopal Church in Annapolis, MD.
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Published in The Daily Times on April 13, 2012