Robert A. Truax, 93, who worked at the Navy Department from 1943 to 1972, mostly in logistics and accounting at the Bureau of Yards and
Docks, died May 24 at his home in Chevy Chase. He had a heart ailment.
In retirement, Mr. Truax was active as a historian. He was a member of what is now the Historical Society of Washington and volunteered in
the Washingtonia division of the Martin Luther King Jr. Library for 30 years.
He was also a D.C. streetcar system expert whose interest in trains stemmed from his father's employment at Southern Railway. Mr. Truax
joined the National Railway Historical Society in 1938 and as a hobby collected rare Railway Post Office cancellations and covers.
A number of Mr. Truax's personal photos and slides of historical D.C. streetcars and railways are featured in the National Museum of
American History's "On the Move" exhibition. With Thomas Stanton, he wrote the book "The Street Railway Post Offices of Washington,
D.C.," published in 1983 by the Mobile Post Office Society.
In his basement, Mr. Truax built an extensive model railway measuring 300 square feet. He called it the "Columbia Park Street Railway."
Robert Armistead Truax was a native Washingtonian and a 1933 graduate of McKinley Technical High School. He graduated in 1938
from National University law school, now part of George Washington University. He served in the Army Air Forces in Europe during World
He adopted abandoned or injured cats from local animal shelters throughout his life.
He had no immediate survivors.
-- T. Rees Shapiro