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Richard 'Jud' Henderson, Gibson Island author and longtime sailor, dies

Richard 'Jud' Henderson, Gibson Island author and longtime sailor, dies

Richard "Jud" Henderson, an author and illustrator who turned his love of sailing, maritime subjects and the Chesapeake Bay into a series of books, died Feb. 18 of a ruptured appendix at the Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis. He was 91.

"I got to know Juddy primarily through his books, and we struck up a friendship," said Walter B. Mitchell, a Ruxton resident who spent summers on Gibson Island.

"As a yachtsman, he had an incredible ability to read the wind, take star sightings and reduce this to a line of positions. He did it the old-fashioned way, using a sextant. He didn't have GPS," said Mr. Mitchell.

"I believe his training...

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