Charles Monroe Trammell, III, of Chevy Chase, Maryland, died on April 14, 2018.
Charles was born on July 30, 1937, at the Columbia Hospital for Women (now a condominium) in Washington, District of Columbia. He was a native Washingtonian and lived most of his life in the Washington area. He attended Horace Mann School, Alice Deal Junior High School, and Woodrow Wilson High School (1955), all in Northwest Washington. He graduated from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, with honors - magna cum laude - in 1959.
He was a junior officer in U.S. Navy aboard an ocean minesweeper, USS Constant (MSO-427), and Engineer Officer on the guided-missile frigate USS Farragut (DLG-6). Later, he was an instructor at the Navy's nuclear prototype at the Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory site at West Milton, New York. In 1967, he joined Public Service Electric and Gas Co. in Newark, New Jersey, to assist with the licensing of the company's Salem Nuclear Generating Station in Hancocks Bridge, Salem County, New Jersey. In 1975, he joined the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in Bethesda, Maryland, where he served as a licensing project manager for numerous nuclear facilities, including San Onofre in Southern California and Diablo Canyon plant near San Luis Obispo, California. He retired from the NRC in 1993, having served there for 19 years.
He was a member of the West River Sailing Club in Galesville, Maryland for many years, and served as Commodore in 2002. Many boats later, his love of sailing and being on the water never waned. Charles was an avid weather fan and never missed an opportunity to witness a good thunderstorm or sit in the rain under an umbrella! He not only adored music, but played the flute, piano, and clarinet.
As a young boy, he would take the streetcar downtown for his clarinet lessons, by himself! Charles ("Skipper") was the advisor and rock for the entire family. His intelligence and curiosity about everything, along with his sense of humor, were paramount to his make up. An incredible man who touched the lives of everyone he met.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 38 years, Elizabeth E. Trammell, and by three children from a previous marriage to Francelia Froman of Sun City Center, Florida, James Porter Trammell of Los Angeles, California; Nadine Trammell Costabile of Juno Beach, Florida; and Charles Monroe Trammell IV (Chad) of Huntersville, North Carolina; and by six grandchildren.
A ceremony for Charles' inurnment at the Arlington National Cemetery Columbarium will take place at a later date.