Richard L. Shortt

24 mai 193619 octobre 2020

Richard L. Shortt, age 84, passed away peacefully in his sleep on October 19, 2020 at Jacob’s Well assisted living center. A graduate of Towson State Teacher’s College, he taught in the Baltimore County Schools for 30 years, retiring from Eastern Technical High School. After retiring from teaching, he went to work as a posting officer at GBMC and worked there in scheduling for another 15 years before he finally retired. Richard was introduced to the community theatres in the Baltimore area as a nine year old, as a way of controlling a stutter that was debilitating. He was able to take his new found skills to performances in more than 50 productions over his many years playing a host of characters on most of the community theatre and dinner theatre stages in the area. He continued acting his entire adult life until relatively recently, playing lead and supporting roles at Cockpit in Court, Susquehanna and Phoenix Festival Theatres, the Edwin Booth Theatre, Towsontown Dinner Theatre, Spotlighters, and many other area venues. During summers he also worked at the Frost Valley YMCA camp, near Woodstock, NY. He toured the Western US and Europe with groups of young people, introducing them to the history and culture of our civilization. He never stopped being a teacher of history.

Richard is survived by his sister, Linda L. Michel and her husband Kevin of Aberdeen, Maryland, his sister in law Ellen Shortt of Virginia Beach, VA., as well as 7 nephews and 14 great nieces and nephews scattered across the eastern US.

Due to the current pandemic, a celebration of life gathering will be planned at a later date. Internment will be private. Please look up and follow his facebook page or keep in contact with his email at RLShortt@gmail.com for information on the celebration, and as a venue to place memorials and photos from Richard’s life.

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Richard L. Shortt


Frank Rutan

16 novembre , 2020

I was a counselor in training (CIT) in 1967 at Camp Wawayanda (Frost Valley YMCA) when Digger was the CIT director. I have many great memories of that summer. Digger attended a reunion at camp a number of years ago (maybe around 2001 or so) and it was a chance to catch up. I had always hoped to see him again at another reunion. I am very sorry to hear of his passing.

Baltimore City College Alumni Association

8 novembre , 2020

To all who mourn for
Richard L. Shortt
the Officers and Board of the
Baltimore City College Alumni Association
extend their condolences.

Nicole Chernick

1 novembre , 2020

I was a nurse of his at Forest Hill Heights where he was an active resident in our community while he lived with us. He was so engaging with residents and staff! Everyone just loved to listen to his stories! He would have Story Time with Digger marked weekly on our monthly calendars and they all just couldn’t wait! I worked nightshift then and he would find me early morning after I was done my medication pass and tell me story after story in the most calming theatrical voice, once I fell asleep and he woke me softly laughing. I used to tell him I want to take him home with me and have him read to me every morning until I fall asleep. He loved us and we loved him! He will be greatly missed as he touched everyone he met.

William McIntyre

29 octobre , 2020

Dick was a friend from college days and a colleague with whom I later taught at Eastern Vo-Tech High School. My wife and I attended a couple of amateur performances at Harford Community College in which he performed: unfortunately in one show his character was killed in the first act. He was a good friend and colleague - a kind and gentle man.


23 octobre , 2020

"Digger" will always be a vivid memory both from our days at Towson U as well as for our days at Camps Conoy and Wawayanda.
Direct those heavenly angels, Digger, as only you know how.
Mike DeVita

Susan Riley

20 octobre , 2020

Please accept my deepest sympathy on the passing of "Digger". He was such a special man, and I really enjoyed his" Digger Shortt stories." I worked at FHH while he was there, and I even visited him at JW. My prayers go out to his family.

Susan Riley