George Donald Riley Jr., a Navy veteran and author of local history books, died of lung disease Dec. 18 at the Fairhaven retirement community in Sykesville. He was 92.
Born in Philadelphia and raised in Baltimore, Mr. Riley was the son of George Donald Riley, a Baltimore Sun writer and radio sportscaster, and Virginia Maddox Riley, a homemaker.
Mr. Riley, whom friends called "Don," graduated from Baltimore Polytechnic Institute in 1942. He then attended the Severn School in Severna Park, which at the time had a preparatory program for the U.S. Naval Academy.
He graduated from the Naval Academy in 1946 and was commissioned as an ensign. He earned a master's...