Sumner R. Dolber

Coast Guard Captain Sumner R. Dolber died.

Sumner Raymond "Bud" Dolber, a retired Coast Guard captain, died of cancer June 24 at his Melbourne, Fla. home. The former Towson resident was 91.

Born in Waltham, Mass., he was the son of Raymond Sumner Dolber, an accountant, and Harriet Starr Dolber, a homemaker. He was appointed to the Coast Guard Academy in 1941 in New London, Conn. He was initially assigned to a ship on the Greenland Patrol and later worked in merchant marine safety.

He became the commanding officer of the Evergreen, an oceangoing buoy tender, and completed two seasons on International Ice Patrol. From 1963 to 1966 he was stationed in London, England. He was deputy commander of Coast Guard Activities, Europe.

In 1966 he was assigned to Curtis Bay and took command of the polar ice cutter Southwind. He sailed to the Antarctic and around the world. Mount Dolber, in the Antarctic, is named after him. He also sailed to the Arctic.

He retired in 1970 and became a partner in a marine surveying firm, Edwin F. Carter and Associates, and worked from the Dundalk Marine Terminal.

Mr. Dolber lived on Worthington Road in Wiltondale. He owned a sailboat, the Beowulf, which he kept at Fells Point and later in Sparrows Point. He was a member of the Chesapeake Bay Alberg 30 Association. He made several trips to Florida.

Survivors include two sons, Mark Dolber of Baltimore and Paul Dolber of Galveston, Texas; two daughters, Karen Coleman of Satellite Beach, Fla., and Anne Macon of Baker City, Ore.; a sister, Edna Dolber of Waltham; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. His wife of 66 years, Helen Pedersen Dolber, died in 2011.

Plans for a memorial service and interment at Mount Feake Cemetery in Waltham are incomplete.

Jacques.kelly@baltsun.com

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