Charles Raymond "Ray" Brownley, a retired civil engineer and a founder of the Fallston volunteer Fire and Ambulance Co., died June 15 of respiratory failure at his Bel Air home.
He was 80.
The son of an International Harvester factory worker and a homemaker, Mr. Brownley was born and raised in East Baltimore.
After graduating from Polytechnic Institute in 1949, he joined the Navy Enlisted Volunteers program and served a year of active duty.
He then worked as a draftsman at the old Glenn L. Martin Co. plant in Middle River.
He was called back to active duty in 1952 during the Korean War, and then joined the Air Force. While stationed at Bolling Air Force Base outside Washington, he took engineering courses at the University of Maryland, College Park.
After being discharged in 1956, he went to work as a research technician in the metallurgical department at Black & Decker Corp. He later helped build approach light systems for runways at Northeastern airports.
In the late 1950s, he was hired by the Federal Aviation Administration as a civil engineer, working in air traffic control maintenance. In the mid-1960s, he joined the Army Test and Evaluation Command at Aberdeen Proving Ground.
He retired in 1985.
Mr. Brownley was a founder and first president of the Fallston Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Company, established in 1978.
Through the years, he served as a firefighter, emergency medical technician, fire line officer, fire and ambulance driver, and CPR instructor.
In recognition of his work with the volunteer fire company, Mr. Brownley was nominated in 2009 to the Harford-Cecil Volunteer Firemen's Association Hall of Fame.
He was also active in the Fallston Lions Club and was awarded the Lions Club International Melvin Jones Fellowship for his humanitarian work.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the Fallston Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Co., 2201 Carrs Mill Road.
Surviving are his wife of 19 years, the former Pebble Greene; a daughter, Jill Gousman of Palmdale, Calif.; a stepson, Steven Duckworth of Millers; a stepdaughter, Nancy Morgan of Parkville; a brother, William Brownley of Baltimore; four sisters, Lois Ward of Parkville, Carolyn Brownley of Canton, Eva Wokee of Brunswick, Ga., and Joanne Watson of North Augusta, S.C.; and five grandchildren; His wife of 33 years, the former Grace Massey, died in 1990, and another daughter, Diane Brownley, died in 1977.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun