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Donald B. Callander

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Date published: 8/10/2008

Donald B. Callander

Donald Bruce Callander, 78, of Orange City, Fla., died Friday, July 25, 2008.

The world of fantasy has lost a favorite novelist.

Callander authored "Pyromancer," a tale of young wizard-in-training, Douglas Brightglade, and nine other published novels.

Born in Minnesota, Cal-lander joined the U.S. Navy after high school, serving four years of active duty during the Korean War and then 20 years in the Naval Reserve. In 1952, Callander married Mary Lee Omohundro and settled in Washington, D.C., where he began a 30-year career as a writer, photographer, editor and graphic artist with the American Automobile Association.

Callander is survived by his second wife, Margaret, currently of Orange City, Fla.; his brother, Douglas, of Largo, Fla.; and four children, including Bruce and his wife, Alane, of Falmouth; and four grandchildren, including Andrew Callander of Falmouth.

A memorial ceremony and interment will take place at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 10, at Arlington National Cemetery.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy take the form of contributions to the National Kidney Foundation or to a family trust previously established to support Mr. Callander's disabled daughter. Donations to the trust may be mailed to 1996 Family Trust, 622 Lancaster St., Fredericksburg, Va. 22405.