William “Bill” Charlton, 79
May 02, 2016
William “Bill” Charlton, 79, of the Rawlinsville area, passed away early Monday morning at Lancaster General Hospital after a period of illness. He was born in the village of Salina in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania.
Bill served in the U.S. Air Force at Hahn Air Base near Frankfurt, Germany during peacetime in the mid-50s. He received his bachelor degree at California (PA) State Teacher’s College and his Master of Science at Syracuse University. He taught chemistry, astronomy, math, and technology, first at high schools in Baltimore and Port Deposit, MD and later at Cecil College in Northeast, MD, where he taught for over 40 years.
Bill enjoyed classical music, spy novels and political thrillers, astronomy, and old movies. He was involved in the arts, especially theatre, at Cecil College during the early part of his career there. He also played in the Bentleyville (PA) Volunteer Fireman’s Band in high school and the marching band at California State Teacher’s College, where he was student director.
He is survived by his brother, James; daughter, Melissa Smith, and three grandchildren; adopted daughter, Klara Charlton; son Galen; son Jacob, and two grandchildren; and daughter, Hannah Harvey. He was preceded in death by his father, David, mother, Twila Aikins, and sisters Faye Mellott and Judith Caster. A memorial service will be held in western Pennsylvania at a later date, to be determined. For details, please contact Jacob Charlton at (717) 208-9317.
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Condolences to the Family
May 05, 2016
Bill “the professor”, as we called him, has been missed over the past couple months and it was sad to see his obituary today. We have been watching and waiting to see him at breakfast with his book… one of many books. He was a sweet man who never had a harsh thing to say, smiled at our goofiness, and he has been and will be missed.
Sending love to his family…
The “girls” at C.R. Lapp’s Family Restaurant
May 05, 2016
Several times each week, Bill stopped by my office door at Cecil for a little chat. He was smart, funny, and a true original. And twice a week, each week of each semester, he would call out “it’s nearly 5” as he left for his lab upstairs. I always liked him and am sorry that he passed so soon. My best to his family.
Bonnie Giraldi, friend and long-term colleague at Cecil