Walter Benjamin Chambers Jr.


-- Lauren Wiseman - The Washington Post Saturday, November 8, 2008

Walter B. Chambers Jr.

Walter B. Chambers Jr., 89, a retired chief of emergency planning for the U.S. Maritime
Administration, died Oct. 24 at his home in Silver Spring of complications from a fall at
his home in April.

Mr. Chambers began his federal career in 1936, while still in high school, as a
messenger with the U.S. Shipping Board Merchant Fleet Corp., which was part of the
U.S. Maritime Commission. He stayed with the agency, which later folded into the
Maritime Administration, for 38 years, retiring in 1974.

He was a U.S. delegate to NATO's Planning Board for Ocean Shipping from 1969 to

Walter Benjamin Chambers was born in Washington and graduated from
Western High
School in 1940.

He served in the U.S. Merchant Marine during World War II.

He was a member of the Christ Episcopal Church in Kensington and Argyle  Country Club
in Silver Spring.

His wife of 50 years, Wilda Taylor Chambers, died in 1989.

Survivors include two daughters, Judith L. Braddy of Rockville and Nancy J. Gouge of
Ocala, Fla.; five grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.