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Tom Wisner, Bard of the Chesapeake

Matt Schudel

In 2009, staff writer Jenna Johnson wrote a profile of Tom Wisner, who made a career out of writing and singing about the natural beauty of the Chesapeake Bay.

Mr. Wisner, who died April 2 at age 79, was part scientist, part wandering troubadour, part environmental conscience. He was a friend of Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, and always summoned the musically inclined governor up on stage whenever he saw him in the audience.

Be sure to check the gallery of photos of Mr. Wisner on, as well as this short video of him singing a folk song:

By Matt Schudel  |  April 3, 2010; 5:59 PM ET
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I grew up in Southern MD in the 1980's. We learned to sing Mr. Wisner's "Chesapeake Born" in music class in elementary school. I remember feeling so proud of my place in the world. It was about that time that I decided I wanted to be a marine biologist so I could take care of the crabs and oysters and ospreys.

Well, I got to high school chemistry and that didn't work out so well. But the values stuck with me, and today I work for a sustainable business in the DC area.

I am so sad to hear that he is gone - his work had a real impact on my life and my dreams.

Posted by: sweettreehugger | April 5, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

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