George P. Barker, a retired Howard County attorney who was an avid kayaker, died Friday of complications from vascular disease at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Columbia. He was 76.
The son of Francis Meserve Barker, an investment banker, and Marion Dushane Penniman Bartlett, a homemaker, George Penniman Barker was born in Baltimore and raised in the city's Poplar Hill neighborhood.
He graduated in 1957 from the Gilman School, where he wrestled, played basketball and lacrosse. He then earned a bachelor's degree in 1961 from Princeton University.
In 1962, he married his high school sweetheart, Anne VandeGrift, who had been a Bryn Mawr School student.
After serving in the...