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Cawood Hadaway, 58, Queen Anne's County teacher, wildlife artist


Cawood Hadaway, an Eastern Shore teacher and wildlife artist, died Sunday of cancer at his Chestertown home. He was 58.

An art teacher at Queen Anne's County High School in Centreville for 17 years, Mr. Hadaway retired in 1997. For the next two years, he taught art and coached tennis at Gunston Day School in Centreville.

He carved decoys and sketched and painted Eastern shore wildlife.

He instructed his students, often the children of farmers and watermen, to look for inspiration in the nearby fields and marshes as he did.

Mr. Hadaway would wade through creeks and walk fields and thickets in an old pair of tennis shoes, looking for subjects to sketch and paint.

"He was in his element in the marshes of Kent County," said Alex Hooke of Wyman Park, a friend and philosophy teacher. "He once took me bullfrogging by flashlight. He thought frogs were a delicacy."

In summers, he took students on skipjack and canoe trips to scout birdlife.

"He was a real outdoorsman," said Andrew McCown, a friend and director of the Echo Hill Outdoor School in Worton. "We hunted and birdshot wild quail and woodcock with dogs - English pointers and setters."

"He was a collector of arrowheads," said Richard Harwood, a friend and retired editor and columnist for the Washington Post. "He went up and down the streams and creeks in search of artifacts from the aboriginal tribes."

Friends remembered Mr. Hadaway as a good athlete and a gifted mimic. He often broke up a room of people with his imitations of Barney Fife, the deputy sheriff on the "Andy Griffith Show."

"He had a dry sense of humor and could imitate a voice perfectly," said David Cooper, a friend and athletic director at Queen Anne's County High School. "He was a great observer of people and the humor of everyday life."

Born in Chestertown, Mr. Hadaway was a 1960 graduate of Chestertown High School. He received a bachelor of fine arts and a master's degree from the Maryland Institute, College of Art. He later studied at the Johns Hopkins University and Towson University.

From 1964 to 1968, he was an instructor at City College, where he coached basketball and taught former Baltimore Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke. He was also a scout for the Baltimore Colts.

A graphic artist for the city public schools system in the 1970s, he returned to the Eastern Shore and taught Chesapeake Bay studies at Echo Hill Outdoor School and art at Queen Anne's County High School.

Mr. Hadaway married Geraldine Forney in the 1960s. They were divorced in 1979. In 1991, he married Meredith Davies, vice president for college relations at Washington College. She survives him.

A memorial service for Mr. Hadaway will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Shrewsbury Parish Church Fellowship Hall, Kennedyville, Kent County.

He also is survived by two sons, Eric Clinton Hadaway and Randolph Wood Hadaway, and a daughter, Deborah Ca Hadaway, all of Baltimore; his mother, Barbara Bigelow Hadaway of Greenwood, Del.; three brothers, Edward Hadaway of Smyrna, Del., Hugh Hadaway of Hudson, Fla., and Arnold Hadaway of Annapolis; and three grandchildren.

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