Harry Gersh of Columbia, Maryland, 88, formerly of Martha's Vineyard, died Monday, July 30, 2001 at his home in Columbia surrounded by family after a long illness.
Mr. Gersh was born the son of Solomon and Devorah (Lampert) Gersh on December 1, 1912 in New York City.
He lived in Philadelphia and New York when he enlisted in the United States Army during World War II for a brief time and then transferred to the Naval sector until the time of his discharge in 1945 with the rank of Acting Chief Petty Officer.
Mr Gersh was employed after the war with the New York State Department of Labor as the director of public information. He later worked for Martin E. Segal Company Pension and Welfare Consultants as a writer and director of public information and retired in 1976.
Mr. Gersh had been summering on the island since the 1950's and he bought his home in Menemsha on Chowder Kettle Lane in 1960 in which he retired to permanently from 1976 until 1993 when he returned to Philadelphia and later to Columbia.
Mr. Gersh wrote several books on Jewish history and of religious subjects. After his retiement in 1976 at the age of 64, Mr. Gersh required a challenge and enrolled in Harvard University and graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor of arts degree in history.
He is survived by a son, John Gersh of Columbia, MD and a daughter, Ruth Gersh of New York, NY; a nephew, Paul Forman of Washington, DC and a niece, Mariam Diamond of Philadelphia.
His graveside service will be held in the Martha's Vineyard Hebrew Cemetery, Vineyard Haven on Thursday, August 2, 2001 at 1:30 pm. Donations in his memory may be made to Hospice of Martha's Vineyard, PO Box 2549, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557.