In brought than bristles many years as a fourth emblem abecedary at the Gilman Academy in Baltimore, William S. Merrick Jr. Evolved a array of hints to accumulate his acceptance engaged.
He stored a bag of tennis warranty and might bandy a brawl to a apprentice who had to challenge a algebraic blueprint afore abiding the brawl to the instructor. A apprentice who aweless ought to get away agitation if he as it should be authentic a chat Mr. Merrick tossed out.
“He had considerable ideas,” his wife, Linda Hults Merrick, recalled.
Mr. Merrick, a Gilman alum who executed fourth and fifth graders on the clandestine academy for boys for 57 years, died July 21 on the Gilchrist Center in Towson of headaches stemming from a vehicle twist of fate. He had acclaimed his 87th altogether in June.
Former reputation and associates acclaimed Mr. Merrick’s pastime and influence.
“Character improvement turned into aloof as capital to Bill Merrick’s teaching as bookish mastering,” Gilman alum and above Lower Academy administrator R. Leith Herrmann wrote in a tribute. “Respectful, type, and constantly a gents, he turned into a ample position archetypal in this attention too. Bill spent his absolute career at Gilman — pleasant than any added abecedary inside the school’s history. His adherence turned into unheard of. Hundreds of above acceptance bethink Mr. Merrick affectionately and are beholden for the befalling to apprentice from him.”
Mr. Merrick become the fourth of six accouchement integrated to William Merrick Sr., a broking and admiral of the Greenway Apartments Co., and the above Helen McEvoy, a homemaker. The ancestors murderer a abettor to booty affliction of the accouchement of their home in the Woodbrook adjacency in Towson, which accustomed Mr. Merrick an befalling to blooper overseas to observe Westerns at what turned into aforetime the Hampden Theatre in Baltimore.
“Without his mother and father’ know-how, he could get on a streetcar and experience bottomward to the Hampden to look at a cine and again get on a streetcar and experience again,” Mrs. Merrick stated from her dwelling house in Lutherville. “And they in no way knew it.”
Mr. Merrick accelerating from Gilman in 1951 and once more Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, with a bachelor’s quantity in apprenticeship in 1955. He served in the U.S. Navy as a seaman on the USS Wisconsin for two years afore admission from what became aforetime ordinary as Western Maryland College (now McDaniel College) with a master’s amount in apprenticeship in 1965.
Joining Gilman in 1958, Mr. Merrick began teaching 5th graders. John Schmick, who afterwards have become Gilman’s headmaster, stated he abounding Mr. Merrick’s records and cartography lessons as a 5th grader in 1959.
“He become real inventive and real animated,” Mr. Schmick said. “His training have been constantly plenty of a laugh. He turned into moreover real traumatic. He absolutely achieved you autograph discipline. I bethink that cant changed into aloof continually a laugh. He aloof had this admirable way of coaching.”
Mr. Schmick said Mr. Merrick moreover affianced his recognition throughout recess, arena quarterback at some stage in blow soccer video games.
“He continually fabricated abiding that he threw to every boy,” Mr. Schmick said. “He fabricated abiding that every boy acquainted proper about himself. Every boy had a risk.”
Mr. Merrick switched to fourth brand afore accordant to end up the Lower Academy arch for 3 years. But he asked to acknowledgment to coaching fourth graders.
“He capital to be with the lads in place of be ashore in an appointment demography suffering of issues,” Mrs. Merrick stated. “He absent the thing of teaching, and he absent the boys.”
One of Mr. Merrick’s hallmarks become using a ukulele to suggest his recognition the call of every u . S . A . In the global. The music resonated with abounding of his attractiveness alike afterwards they had accelerating from Gilman.
“A few years in the past, I abounding a Ravens formidable with four Gilman alumni,” above Gilman abecedary Winn Cullen Friddell wrote. “As we have been walking to the stadium, one in all them requested, ‘Who changed into your famous instructor?’ Another spoke back, ‘Mr. Merrick.’ There changed into real and popular agreement, and afterwards any hesitation, all 4 launched into one in all Bill’s acclaimed balladry Cartography poems. Nobody absent a beat—no abandoned phrases in the course of the absolute rendition, some thirty years afterwards they aboriginal abstruse it. Back I afterwards told Bill approximately the event, he brushed off the approval with his common humility. He by myself inquired as to their achievement of the poem. I assured him, ‘They have been in absolute accord and perfect. You could be given been proud.’ ”
Mrs. Merrick, who turned into an authoritative abettor inside the Lower Academy again she and her bedmate began courting in 1989 afore marrying on Aug. Eleven, 1992, said the brace encountered above popularity reciting his songs at eating places and airports.
“He fashionable it,” she said of the students’ reactions. “He anticipation it was ample because he fabricated an outcome and that they remembered.”
Mr. Merrick, who enjoyed arena golfing on the Elkridge Club and bridge, not often absent an afternoon of college. His alone endured absence befell in June 2011 afterwards he become complicated in a automobile blow en street to a Lower Academy graduation commemoration at Gilman and exchange to the academy in January. Complications from that blow affected Mr. Merrick to retire in 2015.
When Mr. Merrick retired afterwards accepting the Edward K. Dunn Faculty Development Award, the May Holmes Account Award and the Edward T. Russell Canonizing Faculty Chair, Gilman appear a query-and-answer with Mr. Merrick and included some information and advice in a baseball card-style shape. Mr. Merrick finished added than 850 college students, served seven headmasters, and advantaged turtlenecks as his accouterment of desire.
Mr. Merrick turned into cremated. A canonizing account at Gilman is reality planned and could booty domicile afterwards coronavirus apropos take delivery of been addressed.
In accession to his spouse, Mr. Merrick is survived through two kids, William Merrick III of Essex, Connecticut, and Wendy Merrick Doak of Baltimore; three stepchildren, John Robert Frazier III of Wilmington, North Carolina, Elizabeth “Betsy” Frazier of Timonium and Gaelle DeJong of Normandy, France; 3 siblings, Charlton Merrick McLean of Baltimore, Samuel S. Merrick of Lutherville and Agnes Merrick of Hunt Valley; and eight grandchildren, who started out calling him “Grumps” afore alteration it to “Grumpy.”