John B. Moll Jr., marine painter, at 81


John B. Moll Jr., a marine painter and lithographer, died Saturday at the Meridian Nursing Center-The Pines in Easton after a long illness. He was 81.

A memorial service for Mr. Moll is to be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Trinity in Oxford.

Before he retired about five years ago, Mr. Moll did oils and watercolors of Chesapeake Bay scenes, often including carefully detailed skipjacks and log canoes.

He also made lithographs, doing the work himself on the printing stone.

Mr. Moll had lived in Oxford since 1946 and was a former senior warden of the Episcopal Church of the Holy Trinity and a charter member of the Academy of the Arts in Easton and of the Rehoboth, Del., art league.

In 1976, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by Salisbury State College.

A native of Reading, Pa., he was educated there and at the School of Industrial Arts in Philadelphia and the Wilmington Academy of Art in Wilmington, Del.

Married in 1937, he is survived by his wife, the former Betty Pool; two daughters, Christina Moll Dengate of Urbana, Ill., and Deborah A. Moll of Santa Fe, N.M.; a sister, Helen M. Moll of Reading; and three grandchildren.

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