Geoffrey M. Footner, a Baltimore shipping executive and author who wrote about historic Chesapeake B

Geoffrey M. Footner, a former Baltimore shipping executive who later became a noted maritime author, historian and lecturer, died April 5 from heart failure at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson. The Fells Point resident was 94.

Geoffrey was a rough and tumble, argumentative, seafaring salt and the best friend you could ever have, said Scott S. Sheads, a retired Fort McHenry ranger, historian and author. Hes homeward bound now, and has left us onshore with a lot of wonderful memories.

Ralph E. Eshelman, a Lusby resident and an old friend, called Mr. Footner a character, and everyone whoever met Geoffrey felt that way.

He was a guy who did what he wanted to, and didnt care what other people thought, said Mr. Eshelman, also an author and historian.

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Geoffrey Marsh Footner was the son of William Hulbert Footner, a Canadian born writer who authored Maryland Main and the Eastern Shore and Rivers of the Eastern Shore, and Gladys Marsh, a homemaker.

He was born in Baltimore and raised at Charles Gift, a Calvert County plantation that overlooked the Patuxent River.

After he graduated from Charlotte Hall Military Academy in Charlotte Hall in 1941, Mr. Footner began his college studies at what is now Loyola University Maryland.

He left college and joined the Navy, serving as a lieutenant aboard ships in both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters.

After being discharged at wars end, Mr. Footner returned to Loyola and obtained a bachelors degree in economi....

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