The Baltimore Sun

On June 7, 2008 CHARLES W. TYSON One of the founding members of Congregation Beth Simchat Torah, he was an actor, Gay activist, columnist, writer, AIDS Volunteer, Hotel Assistant Manager and Resident Manager, Fashion Coordinator, Emcee, Chairperson of the West Side Discussion Group (1982-87), Wit, a lover of the Fine Arts, and Napoleonphile. Born in Baltimore, Maryland, March 1st 1928, he is related to the Marshalls and the Byrds of Virginia. He was the grandson of Dr. G.C.H. Burns, well-known brain specialist, son of the late Mary Elizabeth (Burns) Tyson and the late Sydney Tyson. Charles was the brother of the late Harman and brother of Allan and brother-in-law of Delorys Welsh Tyson. Charles was very proud of his Southern heritage and felt "he was the last of an old breed." He spent many happy summers on his great grandmother's farm in Maryland. An army Veteran, he served during the Korean Conflict (1950-52). He was a former member of GMHC, HOP (Heritage of Pride), SAGE and Momentum Project. He served as President on the board of a senior center in Brooklyn. As a former actor he was in a revival of "Room Service" in the mid-fifties, "The Golden Apple", and "Bus Stop", and other off-Broadway plays. He knew the late Truman Capote, Andy Warhol, Quentin Crisp, and other notables in the theatre world and the Gay Activist movement He is survived by his long time companion, Paul Silverstrom and his brother, Allan Tyson.

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