Charles Traub III
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Virginia Beach - Retired Navy Commander Charles Traub III, age 83, a native of Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, passed away peacefully on January 11, 2014. He was the son of the late Charles Traub, Jr. and May Bosarge Traub of New Orleans, La.
"Chuck" is survived by his beloved wife of 59 years, Dorothy Jean Slate; four sons: Charles, IV "Chip" and wife Myriam of Virginia Beach; Paul of Lovettsville, VA.; Stephen and wife Terri of Kennesaw, GA.; Mark and wife Julie of Hamilton, VA.; and two daughters, Jeanne M. Lorkiewicz and husband Tom of Chesapeake, VA., and Susan E. Bailey and husband Andy of Omaha, NE. He had 24 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.
A 1951 graduate of Oregon State College of Wildlife Management and its NROTC Unit there, his US Navy service spanned 23 years, including tours of duty in Korea and Vietnam. Cdr. Traub commanded three ships, served on the staffs of both the Atlantic and Pacific Fleet Commanders and the Chief of Naval Operations. He was the operations officer of the Naval Forces in Vietnam from 1968-69, for which he was awarded the Legion of Merit with Combat V.
After retirement in 1973, Chuck became a Biology and Ecology teacher in the Virginia Beach public school system. He taught for eleven years, emphasizing the value of our natural resources and environment, along with its problems and potential solutions. An avid environmentalist, he was past president of the Virginia Wildlife Federation and participated in local to national level environmental efforts. In keeping with his love and respect for our God-given natural resources, he devoted thousands of volunteer hours to the state park system and the Virginia Marine Science Museum and Aquarium. He also founded the volunteer group at False Cape State Park in Virginia Beach.
Years after serving as commanding officer of the USS William M. Wood (DD715) from 1970-71, he eventually contacted over 2000 shipmates who served aboard the ship's 33 year life. He coordinated several and attended all 17 reunions of the ship's crewmen.
Cremation Society of Virginia is handling the funeral arrangements. A memorial Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, January 18, at 11 a.m. at St. Nicholas Catholic Church in Virginia Beach. Friends are welcome to offer their condolences to the family before the service from 10 to 11 a.m. Inurnment will be at St. Nicholas Columbarium at a later date. In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to the False Cape State Park Friends Group to help continue the natural resource work to which he was dedicated.
Published in The Virginian Pilot on Jan. 16, 2014
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