C.M. 'Mike' Maskell, retired Navy civil engineer

C.M. 'Mike' Maskell

Charles M. "Mike" Maskell, a retired Navy captain who headed naval engineering projects, died of Parkinson's disease complications Sept. 30 at his Riverside, Calif. home. The former Northeast Baltimore resident was 77.

Born in Baltimore, he was the son of Charles Leo Maskell, who owned a religious goods business, and Dorothy Siegrist.


He attended the Shrine of the Little Flower School and was a 1956 Baltimore Polytechnic Institute graduate. He earned his bachelor's degree at the Naval Academy, where he was a member of the 11th Company. He was commissioned an ensign in 1960, and was initially a combat information officer aboard the USS ORLEC.

He then received a master's degree in civil engineering at Purdue University and attended the Harvard University School of Business.


A Navy Seabee, he had been director of Seabee Division of Naval Facilities Engineering Command Headquarters in Charleston, S.C. He had also served as commanding officer of the Navy Public Works Center in San Francisco Bay and of the Naval Construction Battalion Command in Gulf Port, Miss.

He also held the posts as deputy commander of Navy Public Works, deputy commander of Manpower and Organization and assistant chief of Navy Civil Engineering.

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In 1980, he directed construction at the Naval Support Facility on Diego Garcia, an island in the Indian Ocean.

He retired in 1990 as a captain. He was awarded the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal and the Navy Commendation Medal, all with gold stars.

He later worked at Skanska, a construction firm, and was a consultant to the construction of the Marine Corps Heritage Museum at Quantico Marine Base in Quantico, Va.

In retirement, he lived in Lake Elsinore, Calif. and in a Riverside, Calif. continuing care retirement community

Capt. Maskell will be buried with full military honors at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Miramar National Cemetery in San Diego, Calif.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Patricia Ann O'Sullvan; a son, Shawn Maskell of Mesa, Ariz.; three daughters, Dawn Maskell of Menifee, Calif., Shannon Murphy of Burke, Va. and Erin Rea of Daly City, Calif.; four brothers, Larry Maskell of Linthicum, Tommy Maskell of Sparks, Raymond Maskell of Baltimore and Charles L. Maskell Jr. of Annapolis; two sisters. Kathy Hook and Mary Ciampa, both of Abingdon; and six grandchildren.


— Jacques Kelly