June 30, 2009
Mr. Bertram Nelson Maurer, 90, died at his home on June 30th
He was born September 16, 1918 in Altoona, Pennsylvania, a son of Mahlon and Alice McCauley Maurer. Two sisters Mrs. Myrza Bryant and Mrs. Myra Ritchey, and a brother Mr. James T. Maurer all of Altoona preceded him in death
He graduated from Altoona High School and worked for the Pennsylvania Railroad.
In January of 1941 he was drafted into the US Army, and served until October 1945 in the 28th division of the Army Air Corps, and the 8th Armored Division. He was discharged as a 2nd Lieutenant after being commissioned in the European Theater.
He graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1949, and received a Masters of Fine Arts degree from Carnegie Tech now known as Carnegie Melon University. Nelson as he was known attained a six year level in graduate studies at Case Western Reserve University in Ohio and Trenton State College in New Jersey.
He taught General Music and Choral Music in Ellwood City, PA, Beaver, PA, and North Plainfield High School in N. J.
He married Dorothy Ross, daughter of Harry T. And Mary Davison Ross of Indiana, PA on July 16, 1948
Nelson was active in various churches and church choirs. He also sang for the Pittsburgh Opera Company. He was a member of Community Congregational Church in Southern Pines.
Survivors include his wife Dorothy R. Maurer, two sons Jeffrey A. Maurer, and David Ross Maurer and wife Cindy. A grandson Daniel Maurer a niece and two nephews.
A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 A. M. Saturday July 4th at Community Congregational Church with Dr. David Bowling officiating
The family requests that memorials be made to Community Congregational Church, P. O. Box 62, Southern Pines, N. C. 28388