Edward Stettinius Shipping executive


A memorial service for Edward R. Stettinius, a retired shipping executive and yachtsman, will be held at 11 a.m. today at Trinity Episcopal Church in Upperville, Va.

Mr. Stettinius, who moved from Baltimore to Virginia in 1975 after retiring, died Sunday of cancer at his home in Middleburg, Va. He was 65.

Starting his career in Baltimore in the late 1940s, he moved to Europe with the United States Lines in 1950 and lived in France, the Netherlands and England for the next 17 years.

Returning to Baltimore, he worked for several shipping lines and agencies before his retirement.

While in Europe, he raced a yacht he owned, Tina, in several competitions, among them the One Ton Cup in Copenhagen, Denmark, which he won. Later, he sailed the boat in races from Newport, R.I., to Bermuda.

The Baltimore native attended the Gilman School before his graduation from St. George's School in Newport, R.I.

He was a member of the Maryland Club and the Annapolis Yacht Club.

During World War II, he enlisted in the Navy and served in the Pacific. An uncle, Edward R. Stettinius Jr., was secretary of state under Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry S. Truman.

Mr. Stettinius' first marriage to the former Elizabeth Merriman ended in divorce.

He is survived by his wife, the former Nancy Hall; two daughters, Elizabeth Scott of Annapolis and Josephine Murray of Baltimore; two sons, Navy Cmdr. William C. Stettinius of Norfolk, Va., and Edward T. Stettinius of New Orleans; two stepdaughters, Daphne Dunning and Catherine Zimmerman, both of Middleburg; three sisters, Elizabeth Young of Marion, Mass., Carol Gorman of Owings Mills and Achsah O'Donovan of Upperco; and 14 grandchildren and stepgrandchildren.

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