Alfred Gregson Chiswell, Jr., born March 10, 1943, in North Carolina died September 25, 2020, in Port Townsend, Washington, after a lengthy illness.
He is survived by his wife, Maureen Lund Chiswell, of Port Townsend; his daughter, Charlotte, Amalie Chiswell Dries and son-in-law Andrew Dries; of Dumfries, Virginia; his son, Thomas J. Chiswell of Vancouver, Wash.; his sister, Janet Chiswell Pittard and brother-in-law Louis Pittard of West Jefferson, North Carolina; and his brother, David B. Chiswell of West Jefferson, N.C. He is preceded in death by his mother, Pauline Witherspoon Chiswell and father, Alfred Gregson Chiswell.
Alfred retired and has lived in Port Townsend for 21 years. He has been active in community work as director and board member of the Coast Artillery Museum at Fort Worden State Park and was involved in many events at the park and served as tour guide. He was awarded one volunteer of the year award and a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017 by the Washington State Parks.. He had been a member as well as board member of the Council on America’s Military Past (CAMP) and of the Coast Defense Study Group . He was also associated and the Fortress Study Group. He is a member of the American Legion Post 26 in Port Townsend.
He is a graduate of Southern Pines, NC, High School and received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University at Raleigh, N.C. He served in the U.S. Army Signal Corp. in which he achieved the rank of Captain. For his military service he received two Bronze Stars and a U.S. Army Commendation Medal. He traveled extensively in his career as a telecommunications engineer including sites in Europe, South America and Saudi Arabia.
In honor of his memory, donations may be made in his name to the Port Townsend St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1020 Jefferson St., PO Box 753 Port Townsend, WA. 98368-0753; CAMP, Att: Bridget Hart, 596 Herring Gull Court, Corolla, NC 27927; or Coast Defense Study Group to Quentin Schillare, 24624 W. 96th St., Lenexa, Kansas, 66227-7285 or to CDSG.org.
There will be an online St. Paul’s Episcopal Church service at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10.