Lewis B. Whiting Jr., cattle company owner

Lewis B. Whiting Jr., a retired businessman and charter boat captain, died Jan. 8 of lung cancer at West Virginia University Medical Center in Morgantown. The former Towson resident was 73.

The son of Dr. Lewis B. Whiting Sr., an orthopedic surgeon, and Kathryn Ahern Ford Whiting, a registered nurse, Lewis Butler Whiting Jr. was born in Baltimore and raised at Ellerslie Farm, his family's Catonsville farm.

He attended McDonogh School and graduated in 1958 from Augusta Military Academy in Staunton, Va. He was a graduate of Baltimore City Community College, where he earned a degree in X-ray technology, and later attended Palm Beach Community College in Palm Beach, Fla. He also was a graduate of the Law Enforcement Academy in Palm Beach County, Fla.

During the 1960s, Mr. Whiting was the owner and operator of the Whiting Cattle Co. in Stewartstown, Pa. He had been president of the Young Cattlemen's Association of York County, Pa.

He had been an administrator in the department of radiology and nuclear medicine at what is now University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center, and a manufacturers representative for G.B. Stump Associates in Baltimore.

He moved to Palm Beach in 1984, and became the owner and operator of L.B. Whiting Inc. Contracting Service and Marine Salvage. He also worked as a construction administrator for VVKR Inc.

In the late 1980s until the early 1990s, Mr. Whiting served as a captain in the Lantana Police Department's Marine Unit in Florida. He was also general manager of Murrelle Marine in Lantana, and was the owner and captain of the Stella Maris, a charter boat.

An avid outdoorsman, Mr. Whiting enjoyed shotgun, rifle and pistol sports, and was a life member of the Gun Owners of America and the National Rifle Association. He was a certified NRA safety officer and firearms instructor. He also liked hunting, fishing, hiking and riding horses.

He was a resident of Quail Creek Plantation Sporting Clays & Hunting, a development in Okeechobee, Fla., and also the Greenbrier Sporting Club, a luxury residential community on the grounds of the historic Greenbrier Hotel in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va.

Mr. Whiting was a member of the Baltimore Country Club, and the Indian Hammock Hunt & Riding Club.

Celebrations of his life are planned for 11 a.m. Feb. 1 at the Lewis B. Whiting Rifle and Pistol Range in Indian Hammock Hunt & Riding Club in Okeechobee, Fla., and for 3 p.m. March 1 at the Greenbrier Sporting Club.

Mr. Whiting is survived by his wife of 23 years, the former Janice Kay White; two sons, Lewis Butler Whiting III of Lexington, S.C., and Key Lawrence Whiting of St. Michaels; a stepson, Thomas Roberts Jr. of Sanford, Fla.; a stepdaughter, Heather Roberts of Vero Beach, Fla.; and nine grandchildren. An earlier marriage to the former Judith Ann Grimes ended in divorce.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com