Paul E. Gorman, Jr. G’65 died on January 4, 2019, in Berlin, Maryland.
(The following was provided by the Mitchell-Wiedefled Funeral Home on January 4, 2019)
Paul Evans Gorman, Jr., 86 years old, of Berlin, MD, passed away January 4, 2019. A Baltimorean born and bred he was raised in the Roland Park area where his family owned and operated the Grauel’s Grocery stores. Active as a boy in Boy Scouts and the American Red Cross, he taught water safety courses throughout his teenage and early adult years, including as part of his service in the Army during the Korean War. He was an avid sports participant and fan watching many ball games, swim meets, tennis matches, field hockey games, and gymnastic meets. The left-hander played a mean game of horseshoes and ping pong and would beat you right-handed as well. As a longstanding fan and season ticket holder with the Orioles, Baltimore Colts and Ravens, he enjoyed games at Memorial Stadium at 33rd Street, Oriole Park at Camden Yards and M&T Bank Stadium. After completing high school at Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, he earned a Bachelor in Engineering from Johns Hopkins University and a Master of Teaching from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. He was a lifelong educator in the Baltimore City Public School System moving from classroom teacher to Vice Principal of Northern Parkway Jr. High School, to Principal of Northwestern High School, to Assistant Superintendent in the administration.
Pop, as he was known, had a love for the beach and ocean that began as a child when his family vacationed in Rehoboth Beach. He frequented Ocean City with his family where he taught his kids and grandkids the respect of the ocean and the joy of riding waves. His love extended into retirement as he and his wife, Dollie, settled ‘down the ocean’ in their beloved Ocean City and Berlin homes where they enjoyed friends and family visiting, participating in their community, supporting local charities, murder mystery dinners, walking their beloved dogs, and of course eating, whether good old home cooking or at a favorite restaurant.
Pop was as laid back as they come, always a quiet keen observer reading a room. He had miles of patience whether teaching math homework or life skills, no doubt with an explanation requiring all ten fingers. He valued the simplicity of pencil and paper while forever mastering the art of an Excel worksheet. He was most content sitting back, with moccasins on, arms and ankles crossed, people watching, with a little nap thrown in no matter where he was or what was happening, only to throw in a quick witted word of wisdom just when you thought he was not listening. He had a gift for engaging little ones and would happily get on the floor to play. He was happy to take a ride just for the pleasure of seeing what was going on or at home tinkering with his house projects, the computer, a Rubix cube or puzzle and Lottery ticket numbers.
He is preceded in death by his wife of thirty-one years, Catherine ‘Dollie’ Gorman, his sister Ann Richwien Gorman and his parents Paul Evan Gorman, Sr. and Elizabeth Grauel Gorman.
He is survived by his sisters, Colonel Elizabeth Grauel Gorman, Jr., and Gail Breyer [Robert]; daughters Beth Renwick, Peggy Crockett [David], Ginger Patron [David], and Julie Gorman [George Edelman] and grandchildren Brooke, Quincey, Anne, Kiersten, Max, Tyler, Emma, Keegan, Zoe and Paul; stepdaughters, Jodi Glaser [Joseph] and Melissa Braford [Brad]; five step-grandchildren and ten step-great-grandchildren; and many beloved extended family members.