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Chuck Swanson

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Chuck Swanson

Former Delta resident Charles "Chuck" O. Swanson died from Parkinson's disease Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015. He was 88.

He was born in Cañon City in 1927 to Oscar and Beatrice Swanson, former Delta residents. He attended Bullis Preparatory School and graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1949.

In 1950 he married Anne Wright in Richmond, Va.

Mr. Swanson received a degree in naval architecture and marine engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1953. He advanced to Naval Submarine School in New London, Conn.

He served as a lieutenant aboard the USS Croaker (SSK-244) at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine, and the Bureau of Ships in Washington, D.C., before graduating from Polaris Command School at Dam Neck, Hampton Roads, Va. He received a degree in the program for management development at Harvard Business School in 1968.

While in the Navy, he served in Pearl Harbor, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton, Wash., and Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine. He was appointed commander of the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard in 1972.

He retired from active duty in 1975 and became deputy director of the Department of Transportation for the State of Hawaii for four years, followed by 15 years as president/CEO of Dillingham Maritime. He became director of transportation for the city and county of Honolulu and served as commissioner of Honolulu's City Transportation Commission.

Mr. Swanson was an active supporter of Hawaii Boy Scout Troop 1 for many years, sang in numerous church choirs, volunteered with Meals on Wheels and was president of the Outrigger Canoe Club. He enjoyed playing tennis.

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