Samuel Henry Shriver Jr., 74, estate planner, outdoorsman


Samuel Henry Shriver Jr., an estate and financial planner who was a lifelong outdoorsman and dog trainer, died of lung cancer Saturday at his Glyndon home. He was 74.

Mr. Shriver was born in Baltimore and raised in Roland Park. He was a 1949 graduate of Gilman School and earned a bachelor's degree in business from the Johns Hopkins University. He also had served as a member of the 110th Field Artillery of the Maryland National Guard.

Mr. Shriver, who was certified as a chartered life underwriter and a chartered financial consultant, began his business career during the 1960s with Monumental Life Insurance Co., where he later was manager of group sales.

In 1969, he was named the company's first director of a new special marketing department that combined group and individual sales, a position he held until 1971, when he left to establish Creative Marketing Inc.

At the time of his death, Mr. Shriver was still working for the Reisterstown estate and financial planning company, which has been known as Shriver & Co. since 1998.

Throughout his life, Mr. Shriver had been an ardent conservationist, sportsman, hunter, fisherman and trainer of Labrador retrievers.

"He had a great zest and enthusiasm for life, and had a lot of curiosity to try new things. He loved working in the orchard at his Dover Road home or farming for oysters at a place he owned on the Eastern Shore," said Henry S. Baker Jr., a retired Baltimore businessman and longtime friend.

"He should have been a farmer because he loved the outdoors so much," said his wife of 46 years, the former Margot Ketcham.

"I've known Sam for 50 years, and we've been good friends all that time, and he had all the good qualities of a friend. He was extremely thoughtful and always interested in you," said Craig Lewis, a Baltimore investment manager who shared Mr. Shriver's love of the outdoors and waterfowl hunting. They often hunted together.

"He was a great shot and a good waterfowl hunter and while he loved to hunt and fish, the thing he most enjoyed in life, I think, was training dogs, and he was very good at it," Mr. Lewis said.

Mr. Shriver enjoyed entering his dogs in field and hunting trials, including for a number of years the Waterfowl Festival held each fall in Easton.

"Sam was so self-deprecating that if something went wrong during a competition, it was never the dog's fault. He was always very close to his dogs," Mr. Baker said.

"If he had bred and raised dogs, I wouldn't have stayed with him for more than 40 years - he just trained them," said Mrs. Shriver, with a laugh.

"In the last couple of months and up until three weeks ago, friends of his would go along with him while he worked his dogs. It did so much for Dad's outlook," said Eleanor Shriver Magee, a daughter, who lives in Easton.

Mr. Shriver was also an accomplished squash and tennis player and passed his enthusiasm for the latter to his daughter, Pam Howard Shriver, a Tennis Hall of Famer and Baltimore native, who lives in Los Angeles.

"That's how I got started, playing tennis with Mom and Dad. They set the tone and always said to have fun with the sport," Ms. Shriver said yesterday. "He loved to compete and was always very competitive. He continued playing through his first round of chemotherapy, which was about a year ago."

Mr. Shriver was equally encouraging and supportive of his other daughters' athletic pursuits.

"I played lacrosse, and my sister, Marion, rode," said Mrs. Magee.

"When people hear about Sam they think of Pam, who is world-renowned," said Bill Tanton, retired Evening Sun sports editor, who had known Mr. Shriver since high school, when both played lacrosse.

"I remember when Pam was 16 and she played Chrissie Evert at the U.S. Open in New York. And even though Chrissie beat her in the final, I said to Sam that it was a great moment and incredible given Pam's age," Mr. Tanton recalled yesterday.

"Sam said, `She may never get that high again.' It was the most modest thing I ever heard and even though Pam went onto become a great doubles player, Sam never bragged about her like a lot of parents would. He was a very good guy and wonderful when it came to handling her fame," he said.

Mr. Shriver was a tennis official and a member of the Baltimore Tennis Patrons. He was a member of the Maryland Club, the Elkridge Club and the Bachelors Cotillon. He also enjoyed annual vacations to Harbor Island in the Bahamas, and the A-Bar-Ranch in Encampment, Wyo.

Mr. Shriver was a longtime communicant and vestry member of St. Mark's-on-the-Hill Episcopal Church in Pikesville.

"Sam didn't want any services and at some point we'll have a celebration of his life. What he wanted was a party, and that's what we'll do," Mrs. Shriver said.

Also surviving are a brother, Richard H. Shriver of Old Lyme, Conn., and four grandchildren. His daughter Marion Shriver Abell died in 1997.

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