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Robert E. Shoemaker, retired Towson University professor

Robert E. Shoemaker, a retired Towson University professor and accomplished philatelist, died of congestive heart failure on Dec. 31 at the Broadmead retirement community. He was 75. Dr. Shoemaker taught biology, botany and paleontology at Towson University for more than 30 years. He led students in researching petrified wood in Ecuador in the 1970s, which led to the creation of the Puyango Petrified Forest National Park. Born and raised in the town of Whiting in Northwest Indiana, Dr. Shoemaker was the son of Bernard Shoemaker, a chemist for Standard Oil of Indiana, and the former Dorothy Dekker, a homemaker. He graduated from George Rogers Clark High School and earned his...