Wal­ter Chit­wood III

The Capital - - ANNE ARUNDEL -

Wal­ter New­ton Chit­wood III of Annapolis, Mary­land died Jan­uary 5, 2019 at Hospice of the Ch­e­sa­peake in Har­wood. He was 70 years old and suf­fered from com­pli­ca­tions due to a se­ries of strokes. He was re­tired from a long and distin­guished ca­reer in pub­lic ser­vice in county and state gov­ern­ment and as an ed­u­ca­tor. Wal­ter was born in San Diego, Cal­i­for­nia to Eleanor Clara, an Annapolis na­tive, and Wal­ter N. Chit­wood Jr., a Chief in the US Navy. His fam­ily moved to Anne Arun­del County shortly af­ter his birth and made their home in Arnold, MD, where his mother be­gan a long ca­reer as a teacher in the county school sys­tem. Wal­ter grad­u­ated from Sev­erna Park High School in 1966, high­lighted by a bright aca­demic and ath­letic record. He was later in­ducted into the school’s ath­letic hall of fame. At Wheaton Col­lege in Illi­nois he earned a de­gree in po­lit­i­cal science and was a mem­ber of the R.O.T.C. He grad­u­ated in 1970 and later earned a mas­ter’s de­gree in pub­lic ad­min­is­tra­tion from the Uni­ver­sity of Bal­ti­more. Af­ter col­lege, he served as an of­fi­cer in the US Army dur­ing the Viet­nam War. Wal­ter was an hon­ored re­cip­i­ent of the Bronze Star, two Pur­ple Hearts, and other com­men­da­tions and awards. His ded­i­ca­tion to the mil­i­tary left a last­ing im­pres­sion on him and mo­ti­vated much of his pro­fes­sional and per­sonal life. His pub­lic ser­vice ca­reer choices fo­cused al­most ex­clu­sively on the lives and safety of lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties and its abil­ity to treat all cit­i­zens with re­spect and fair­ness. Fol­low­ing his distin­guished ser­vice in the Army he re­turned home to Arnold where he learned his youth foot­ball coach, Bob Pas­cal, was run­ning for county ex­ec­u­tive. When Pas­cal won elec­tion as Anne Arun­del’s se­cond ex­ec­u­tive, he asked Wal­ter to join his ad­min­is­tra­tion as his top as­sis­tant – a job he held for eight years. As his rep­u­ta­tion for bud­get and ad­min­is­tra­tive ex­per­tise grew, he served fu­ture county ex­ec­u­tives Jim Lighthizer, Bob Neall and Janet Owens in a va­ri­ety of posts in­clud­ing Chief Ad­min­is­tra­tive Of­fi­cer, County Con­troller and chief of sev­eral other agen­cies. He also served as a bud­get an­a­lyst with the state gov­ern­ment. Dur­ing these years, Wal­ter also joined the fac­ul­ties of Anne Arun­del Com­mu­nity Col­lege and Wash­ing­ton Col­lege in Chestertown as an ad­junct pro­fes­sor in eco­nomics and gov­ern­ment. As a com­mu­nity vol­un­teer, he was re­cruited for many lo­cal boards, com­mit­tees and task forces. In ad­di­tion, Wal­ter and his fam­ily were spon­sors for many mid­ship­men from the US Naval Academy. Wal­ter is sur­vived by his wife Jane of 40 years and three chil­dren; Ian and Michelle Gold­berg of Philadel­phia, Carri and Marc Browne of Copen­hagen, Den­mark, Ryan and Amy Chit­wood of Annapolis, five grand­chil­dren, and his sis­ter, Eleanor Ann Boyd of Penn­syl­va­nia.

Visi­ta­tion is sched­uled for Sun­day, Jan­uary 13th 2:00-4:00 PM and 6:00-8:00 PM at Tay­lor Fu­neral Home, 147 Duke of Glouch­ester St., Annapolis, MD 21401. A Me­mo­rial Ser­vice will be held at 11:00 AM at Tay­lor Fu­neral Home on Jan­uary 14th. Rather than flo­ral trib­utes, the fam­ily asks that con­tri­bu­tions in Wal­ter’s name be made to the Hospice of the Ch­e­sa­peake, 90 Ritchie High­way, Pasadena, MD 21122 (hos­pice­ofch­esa­peake.org) or the Dis­abled Amer­i­can Vet­er­ans (dav.org). An on­line guest book is avail­able at www.john­m­tay­lor­fu­ner­al­home.com

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