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Richard L. Stanton, 84

July 20, 2007

JUNE 15, 1923-JULY 18, 2007

Richard Lee Stanton, 84, of Hagerstown, Md., died Wednesday, July 18, 2007.

Born Friday, June 15, 1923, in Yonkers, N.Y., he was the son of the late Charles Stanton and Christine Stanton.

He was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church.

He served as second lieutenant in World War II.

He retired from the Department of the Interior, National Park Service in 1989 as superintendent of the C&O Canal, which completed 38 years of government service. His primary career with the Department of the Interior included Chief of Land Acquisition east of the Mississippi River (Planner, Secretary of Interior's Potomac National River Planning Team. chairman of the Appalachian Trail Advisory Council), an assistant director of the National Capitol Region (member of the District of Columbia Zoning Commission and the National Capitol Planning Commission), regional director (Mid-Atlantic Region in Philadelphia), and regional director (North Atlantic Region in Boston).

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After retiring, he wrote "Potomac Journey", published by the Smithsonian Institution Press in 1993. He served as a member of the State of Maryland Boat Act Advisory Committee, commissioner for the State of Maryland on the Interstate Commission for the Potomac River Basin, member of the Potomac Fish and Game Club and a "Founding Father" and honorary member of the Canoe Cruisers Association.

He is survived by his wife, Sarah J. Stanton; one daughter, Sarah L. Lushbaugh of Port St. Lucie, Fla.; son, John T. Stanton of Northern, Va.; and three grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a son, Richard A. Stanton.

Services will be held Monday, July 23, 2007, at 10 a.m. from the St. John's Episcopal Church, 101 S. Prospect St., Hagerstown, Md. with the Rev. Scott P. Bellows officiating.

There will be no viewing or visitation.

Private interment will follow at the Parsons Cemetery, Parsons, W.Va.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. John's Episcopal Church, 101 S. Prospect St., Hagerstown, MD 21740 or the Mason-Dixon Council of the Boy Scouts of America, 18600 Crestwood Drive, Hagerstown, MD 21742.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, 1331 Eastern Blvd. North, Hagerstown.

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