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Dr. Edward W. Featherston, ophthalmologist

Dr. Edward W. Featherston, a retired ophthalmologist and Vietnam War veteran, died Sunday of complications from Parkinson's disease at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson. He was 79.

The son of John H. Featherston, a career Army officer, and Margaret Hunter Featherston, a homemaker, Edward Wilcox Featherston was born in Portsmouth, Va., and raised in Charlottesville, Va., where he graduated in 1953 from Lane High School.

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He attended the Naval Academy with his twin brother, Keith Featherston. He also attended the University of Virginia School of Engineering and was a 1965 graduate of the Medical College of Virginia.

Dr. Featherston enlisted in the Army in 1966 and was assigned to the Army's Natick Research Laboratories in Natick, Mass. He served as a flight surgeon with the Army's 1st Air Cavalry Division in Vietnam from 1967 to 1968.

Discharged in 1968 with the rank of captain, he completed a two-year residency in ophthalmology at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center.

He entered private practice in 1970 and established offices in Timonium and Westminster. He closed the Timonium office in 2000 and the Westminster office in 2004 at the time of his retirement.

The longtime Timonium resident was an avid sailor and once sailed from Annapolis to Bermuda using only celestial navigation, said his wife of 54 years, the former Lynn Little.

Dr. Featherston also enjoyed swimming, hiking, camping and scuba diving.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in the chapel at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens, 200 E. Padonia Road, Timonium.

In addition to his wife and brother, who lives in Mill Valley, Calif., he is survived by a son, Edward "Ned" Featherston of Timonium; and two grandchildren. Another son, David Featherston, died in 1976.

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