- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 12, 2004

Jack Rankin Schroeder, a nationally known wildlife artist who was a two-time winner of the Maryland duck stamp contest, died Aug. 6 at his Arlington home of cancer. He was 76.

Born in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., he moved to Chestertown, Md., in 1954 after serving in the Navy to attend Washington College. There he began his career as an illustrator.

In 1990, he was appointed to the Maryland State Arts Council, where he served as vice president and chairman for eight years.

Mr. Schroeder, who won the Maryland Migratory Waterfowl Hunting Stamp Design contest in 1977 and 1980, worked to restore the workshop used by decoy makers Lem and Steve Ward of Crisfield, Md., brothers credited with transforming a folk tradition into a decorative art form.

Mr. Schroeder had two new species named for him by the Smithsonian Institution.

His first wife, Barbara “Dolly” Vosburgh, whom he married in 1948, died in 1983.

Survivors include his wife of eight years, Carolyn Settles Schroeder; two children from the first marriage, Kathryn Manning Schroeder of Newark, Md., and Creighton Paul Schroeder of Phoenix; two stepchildren, Sloane Sewell Settles and D. Chestlee Settles of Arlington; three sisters and a grandson.

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