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Charles Edward Chamberlin


1947 - 2018
Charles Edward Chamberlin Obituary
Charles Edward Chamberlin

Charles Edward Chamberlin, 70, beloved husband, father and grandfather, passed away April 4, 2018. Charles was born on April 9, 1947, to Robert and Katharine Chamberlin in Uniontown, PA. As a sophomore, he moved to Wheeling, WV. where he met the love of his life, Marcia, at Triadelphia High School. After graduating from Marshall University, they joined the Peace Corps where they taught English for two years on the island of Kosrae in Micronesia. He carried fond memories throughout his life of their tropical home and island adventures. Charles received his Master's degree in Library Sciences at the University of Wisconsin where the first of their three daughters, Megan, was born in 1973. He started his career in Library Administration at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln where daughter Cara was born in 1980. Shortly thereafter, Charles accepted a position with the University of Washington. In 1983 daughter Caitlin arrived to complete their family. When his daughters were young, Charles shared with them his passion for exploring local parks, festivals and beaches.

Charles joined the UW Libraries as Head of Personnel and Administrative Services in 1981 and retired as the Senior Associate Dean of University Libraries in 2012. Since then, he worked part time as Librarian Emeritus at Suzzallo Library where he truly loved his work.

Charles was a passionate traveler who, together with Marcia, visited every state in the US and dozens of foreign countries. He always loved the South Pacific and trips to Easter Island and Fiji were special highlights. He was proud to share his interest in US history with his eldest granddaughters on a recent trip to Washington, DC. Charles and Marcia split their time between Kenmore and Whidbey Island. In Langley, he loved spending time at the local library, taking meandering walks, and planning for the next travel adventure. Charles was ever curious about the world and had many eclectic interests: radios, maps, trains, newspapers, ferry rides, bird watching, boats, Washington wines, and desserts.

Charles is survived by his wife of 50 years, Marcia, daughters Megan (Scott Strasser), Cara (Matthew Grayson), and Caitlin (Colin Bunnell) all of Seattle, WA, and brother John Chamberlin (Marsha) of Ann Arbor, MI. He was so proud to be the grandfather of five granddaughters, Ava and Madeline Strasser, Flynn and Maura Grayson and Freya Bunnell.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the National MS Society or the Safe Crossings Foundation.
Published in The Seattle Times from Apr. 17 to Apr. 18, 2018
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