Rev. Carl H. Doerr Jr.

June 2, 1942February 13, 2020

Rev. Carl Hanzel Doerr, Jr., known affectionately as “Gus” and “Pop Pop”, passed away on February 13, 2020 at his home in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania surrounded by his loving family. He was 77. Born in Baltimore and raised in Catonsville, Maryland, he was the son of Carl, Sr., a foreman with the Baltimore Electric Company, and Josephine (née Gordon), a homemaker and expert quilter.

Carl was a proud alumnus of West Virginia Wesleyan College’s Class of 1965, and pledged Phi Sigma Epsilon, earning the nickname “Dirt” from his beloved fraternity brothers for his carefree attitude toward housekeeping. Following college, he was employed as a geography and history teacher at Mount Hebron High School in Ellicott City, MD. He later earned a Master’s in History from Morgan State University and a Master’s in Education from Johns Hopkins University. From 1969 - 1970 he served as President of the Howard County Teachers Association.

Following a successful teaching career, he became an education administrator, working as the Director of Programs for Servicemen and Veterans of the American Association of Junior Colleges. In 1975, he testified before the House of Representatives Subcommittee on Education and Training of the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, advocating for tuition provisions for Vietnam era veterans. He later became an accreditation specialist for the Maryland State Department of Education, where he met a young secretary named Carol. They wed in 1972 and were married for 47 years.

After nearly 20 years of service in higher education administration, Carl felt a calling toward Christian ministry. Taking a leap of faith, he and Carol moved their young family to Pennsylvania to begin a life of service to God at Immanuel Independent Church in Gradyville, PA. Carl committed himself to a course of study for several years that allowed him to be dedicated as a local pastor in the United Methodist Church. He pastored congregations in the Philadelphia area including Gradyville UMC, Ridley Park UMC, Eddystone UMC, Upland UMC, and Holmesburg UMC. He retired in 2007.

In addition to his faith and his family, the love of Carl’s life was baseball. A lifelong fan of the Baltimore Orioles, Carl grew to admire his adopted city’s team, the Philadelphia Phillies, and enjoyed reading extensively about the sport and traveling to see games in stadiums all over the country.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Carol (née Louden), and children Brian Doerr and his wife Victoria, Laura Doerr, Jennifer Clover and her husband Samuel, niece Sharon Allen and her husband Wayne and their children, Kevin and Amanda, and four grandchildren, Joshua, Benjamin, Carolyn and Michaela. He was predeceased by his parents, Carl Sr. and Josephine, and sister, Virginia Resch.

Relatives and friends are invited to visit at the Sterling Ashton Schwab Witzke Funeral Home of Catonsville, Inc., 1630 Edmondson Ave., Catonsville, MD 21228 on Wednesday, February 19, 10:30AM to 11:30AM, where A Celebration of Life service will follow at 11:30AM. Burial, 1:30pm at Crest Lawn Memorial Gardens, 2150 Mt. View Rd., Marriottsville, MD 21104. Donations in memory of Carl may be made to the West Virginia Wesleyan Alumni Association, 59 College Avenue, Buckhannon, WV 26201 or at their website


  • Visitation Wednesday, February 19, 2020
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, February 19, 2020
  • Committal Service Wednesday, February 19, 2020


Rev. Carl H. Doerr Jr.

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Arpy Jones

February 22, 2020

I just heard of Pastor Doerr’s passing. I have many fond memories of working with him, and the kindness he shared with me and my family. Please share my condolences with your family. May he Rest In Peace in God’s care.
Arpy Jones & Family

Judy Donnelly

February 20, 2020

Carol, Bob and I send our sincere sympathy. I remember the years working with Pastor Carl fondly. We shared many memorable experiences with him. God bless you and the family. Judy

Muteba Mwongenu pasa

February 18, 2020

Will the spirit of god lead his servant...i take this opportunity to share my memory and my condolence to the family.will my god confort your parish and the church in the Congo Dr loves all of you.

Sharon Allen

February 17, 2020

16 years between Mom and you, 9 years between you and I, you were more of an older brother to me then Uncle. I was the only grandchild of the family for 21 years and most of the holidays were celebrated at 1414 N. Rolling- good times, good food ( thanks Mom) and always bowling after Thanksgiving dinner. Breakfast at the house after church on Christmas Eve and great celebrations on Christmas Day especially the turkey, stuffing and homemade Christmas cookies! Your favorite " Pecan Crispies ". We met many of your friends, fraternity brothers and ladies in your life. Spoiled,of course I was spoiled, but always love of family. An occasional bulletin board at Mt. Hebron or help with a Halloween costume or a quick hello in the lunch line (Mom) from your sister who worked at the same High school that most did not know you were related.
Meeting and marrying Carol best thing in your life! Brian was born and Laura and Jenny and holiday celebrations switched to Gibsonwood Rd. Combined family get togethers, always fun always welcoming and always good food. Except maybe for the Easter ham- you know what I mean, thank goodness groceries stores were open holiday hours!
Wayne and I married ,Kevin and Amanda were born and time flew by with our own family commitments. The kids grew, the move to PA and life itself, keeping in touch by phone and a visit here and there and always discussions about our family tree.
I will miss our telephone talks, catching up about family and friends, Catonsville news, baseball, some politics you name it we talked it-but mainly family and family history. Hug and kiss all who have gone before, I miss and love them. I will think of you often, remember you fondly, keep in touch with Carol and the family and love and remember you in my prayers. Love, Sharon Ann
aka Baby Shar

James Davies

February 16, 2020

There are a few people that we meet on Life's serendipitous journey that stay there for all time. Carl and I were Fraternity Brothers at Wesleyan and shared all kinds of silly adventures. We all went our separate ways but there was a bond forged in those years among the Brothers of Phi Sigma Epsilon that lasted a lifetime. Our "get togethers" were fairly frequent, many of them at Wesleyan's Homecoming. Some included adventures like riding in a pickup truck across the West Virginia Hills looking at Gas Wells?? Yup, that was all true. Carl was truly a piece of work in a wonderful way. We all went out of our way to include him in Homecoming reunions even when he wasn't able to join us. That is the kind of fraternal love that we all have. So, now we bid Carl farewell. For the family, please know that I am with you in spirit and hold you dear in my thoughts and prayers. For Carl, I wish him fair winds and following seas into Eternity.