Douglas A. Kolb Jr., 81, cartographer, boat captain

April 25, 2005

Douglas A. Kolb Jr., a charter boat captain who spent a career with the Department of Defense's mapmaking branch, died of cancer Friday at Anne Arundel Medical Center. The lifelong resident of Deale was 81.

Born in Washington, he graduated from a local high school and served in the Army during World War II. He was stationed on Guam with the 949th Engineer Aviation Topographical Company.

After the war, he joined the Department of Defense, where he worked for 33 years at the Army Map Service and Navy Hydrographic and Oceanographic Office in Washington, where he was an arts and information specialist. He retired in 1975.

For 46 years he was a licensed charter boat captain and ran trips out of his home dock on Rockhold Creek, most recently aboard the Fannie K. He also held several posts in the West River Sailing Club in Galesville, where he was racer and member in the late 1940s.

A graveside service is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. today at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Suitland.

Survivors include his wife of 37 years, the former Joan Mary Hitchen, a Canadian native who met Mr. Kolb during a Caribbean vacation. Also surviving is a son from a previous marriage, Douglas J. Kolb.

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