Capt. John Martine Court, 90, career naval officer

March 10, 2006

Capt. John Martine Court, a retired career naval officer and assistant Anne Arundel County solicitor, died of lung failure March 1 at his Harwood home. He was 90.

The son of a career naval officer, he was born in Philadelphia and raised in the Philippines and Washington. He graduated in 1936 from the Naval Academy.

During World War II, he served in the Pacific and participated in the Philippines and Marshall Islands campaigns. During the Korean War, he served in Japan and aboard ship near the Straits of Tsushima in Korea.

While in the Navy, he earned a master's degree in business administration from George Washington University. At his 1959 retirement, he was assistant comptroller of the Navy's Bureau of Ships, first in Washington and then in Norfolk, Va.

After leaving the Navy, he earned a law degree in 1961 from the College of William and Mary law school. Six years later, he moved to Harwood and was assistant county solicitor for Anne Arundel County for 15 years until his retirement in 1982.

From 1917 to 2005, Captain Court spent part of nearly every summer at the Chalfonte Hotel in Cape May, N.J. He also enjoyed visiting the Azores.

"He lived what he described as `a most felicitous life,'" said a daughter, Helen Glenn Court of Chevy Chase.

His wife of 63 years, the former Mildred L. Ellyson, died in 2005.

Captain Court was a communicant of Christ Episcopal Church in West River, where a memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. March 18.

Also surviving are five sons, Kenneth E. Court of Easton, Lawrance M. Court of West River, John Court of the Azores, William G. Court of Tokyo and Anthony B. Court of San Diego; another daughter, Sarah Court Rohrbach of Harwood; 12 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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