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Charles A. Powell, electrical engineer

Charles A. Powell, a retired Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. electrical engineer, died of a stroke Saturday at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson. The Cockeysville resident was 89.

Born in Beaverdam, Va., he moved to Baltimore in 1937 and was a 1941 graduate of Polytechnic Institute, where he ran track. After his graduation, he joined the Navy, became an electrical technician's mate on destroyers and served in the Atlantic, Pacific and Mediterranean. He was also in a Navy choir.

After the war, he earned an electrical engineering degree at the Johns Hopkins University, where he also received a master's degree, also in electrical engineering.

He joined BGE in 1950 and worked in the electrical test department and was part of the support team for the Calvert Cliffs nuclear plant. He retired in 1987.

He then became a volunteer for the Maryland State Police's Westminster Barrack. He was also a choir director for the Ridge Boys, a group of singers from the Mays Chapel Ridge Retirement Center. He was a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Mays Chapel United Methodist Church, 11911 Jenifer Road, Timonium, where he was member and a Sunday school teacher.

Survivors include his wife of nearly 68 years, the former Ruth A. Wise; a son, Stephen T. Powell of Ellicott City; a daughter, Wendy Powell Smith of Westminster; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. A son, C. Brian Powell, died in 2008.


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