- The Washington Times - Sunday, May 1, 2005

Benjamin Partridge Jr., 90, lawyer, author

Benjamin Waring Partridge Jr., a lawyer, author and retired Navy captain, died April 12 of pneumonia at Washington Adventist Hospital near his home in Takoma Park. He was 90.

Capt. Partridge was born March 9, 1915, in Huntington, W.Va. He received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida in 1937 and a law degree from the University of Miami in 1948. He also received a master’s degree from American University in 1962.

He commanded a variety of small combatant ships in the Atlantic, Mediterranean and Pacific during World War II. He returned to the Pacific as a ship commander during the Korean War.

In 1954, he moved ashore as a Navy lawyer, serving in the District, Rhode Island, Iceland, the Philippines and the Republic of China (Taiwan).

Capt. Partridge retired from the Navy in 1968 in Taiwan, and led his family on a yearlong, around-the-world camping trip before settling in Windham, Vt., where he lived with his wife, Cora, until 1988.

He served as chairman of the Vermont Environmental Board and director of state planning from 1971 to 1974. He also was one of the architects of Act 250, Vermont’s cutting-edge land-use statute. He later was hired to work on land-use legislation in Alaska, where he was state planner from 1976 to 1977.

He also was a planning consultant to the North Slope Borough in Barrow, Alaska, from 1978 to 1985. With his wife, he co-authored five books from 1961 to 1993, the most recent being “Florida’s Family Album.”

Capt. Partridge was an Explorers Club fellow, a college varsity baseball pitcher, and a member of Kappa Sigma at the University of Florida, Phi Alpha Delta at the University of Miami, the Rotary Club, and the bar associations of Florida and Vermont.

His wife of 60 years, the former Cora Cheney, died in 1999. Survivors include a daughter, Marika Partridge of Takoma Park; three sons, Benjamin Waring Partridge of St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Denny Partridge of West Rutland, Vt., and lan Partridge of South Windham, Vt.; and nine grandchildren.

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