Charles Monroe Trammell III

Published in The Washington Post on Apr. 22, 2018


Charles Monroe Trammell, III (Age 80)

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.

Please view and sign Mr. Trammell's online guestbook at: .