Harry W. "Bud" Shenton Jr., a retired real estate appraiser and a collector, died of cancer Thursday at St. Joseph Medical Center. The longtime resident of Phoenix in Baltimore County was 78.
Mr. Shenton was born in Baltimore and raised on Sequoia Avenue and Gwynns Falls Parkway. As a teenager, he earned Eagle Scout status.
After graduating from Polytechnic Institute in 1945, he enlisted in the Army and served for two years at Fort Knox, Ky., where he was a tank driving instructor.
He earned a bachelor's degree in education in 1952 from the University of Maryland, College Park. He went to work that year for the Ira Rigger Construction Co., managing the company's swimming pool construction department.
From 1958 to 1963, he was the owner of H.W. Shenton Concrete Construction Co., and then worked in real estate sales for several years for Grempler Realty.
He owned and operated Bud Shenton Realty in Bel Air and Cockeysville for several years before establishing Shenton Associates, a real estate appraisal firm, in 1967. He retired in 2002.
Active in Republican politics, he was an advance man for the 1968 and 1972 presidential and vice presidential campaigns of Richard M. Nixon and Spiro T. Agnew, said his wife of 54 years, the former Isabella Christle.
Mr. Shenton was a man of wide-ranging interests. He was a licensed ham radio operator - W3UPS - and made his own red and white wine. He collected cardboard boxes, wooden foundry patterns and antique tools.
He enjoyed singing and listening to classical music and opera. He liked traveling by train and visiting railroad museums, where he was able to ride behind vintage steam locomotives.
"We went across Canada by train and up to Churchill to see the polar bears," Mrs. Shenton said.
He was a former president of the Towson Jaycees and was an active member of the Baltimore chapter of the American Wine Society and American Legion Post 166 in Ocean City.
Mr. Shenton was a communicant of St. James Episcopal Church, 3100 Monkton Road, where services will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday.
Also surviving are a son, Harry W. "Tripp" Shenton of Lewisville, Pa.; two daughters, Barbara S. Pivec of Queenstown and Nancy S. Dewlin of Monkton; a brother, Bruce Shenton of New York City; a sister, Jean Campen of Elkridge; and seven grandchildren.