Charles C. Brownley, 95, engineer, lacrosse Olympian

December 06, 2003

Charles Corner Brownley, a retired civil engineer and former lacrosse player who was a member of the famed 1928 U.S. Olympic team, died of Parkinson's disease Nov. 29 at Charlestown Retirement Community. He was 95 and a former Towson resident.

Mr. Brownley was born in Baltimore and raised in Roland Park. He was a 1925 graduate of Polytechnic Institute and earned his bachelor's degree in civil engineering in 1930 at the Johns Hopkins University.

While attending Hopkins, Mr. Brownley was goalie on the Olympic lacrosse team that convened in 1928 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Hopkins beat the Canadian team, 6-3, on Aug. 6, 1928.

The Johns Hopkins Alumni Magazine reported that the "game developed into an unusually rough affair, which greatly amused the spectators, most of whom had never witnessed a lacrosse game before." The next day, Hopkins fell to England in a 7-6 game.

Family members say that Mr. Brownley, who had lived at Charlestown since 1993, may have been the last surviving member of the 1928 team.

Mr. Brownley worked from the 1930s to the 1950s as an engineer for Crown, Cork & Seal Co. He went to work in the 1950s for William A. Milby Co. in Remington, which designed and manufactured water systems. In 1976, he was a founder of Control Power, a Baltimore civil engineering firm. He retired in 1980.

He was an avid duckpin bowler and gardener, and enjoyed playing and listening to harmonica music.

He was an active member and former elder of Roland Park Presbyterian Church. He was also a member of the Johns Hopkins Club and the Mount Washington Club.

Mr. Brownley was married for 42 years to the former Marie Graeve, who died in 1979.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Our Lady of the Angels Chapel at Charlestown, 719 Maiden Choice Lane in Catonsville.

Mr. Brownley is survived by his wife of 24 years, the former Audrey Wicker Barnes; two daughters, Alice B. Washburn and Nancie B. Cameron, both of Silver Spring; a brother, John K. Brownley of Silver Spring; a sister, Jean B. Hunt of Franklinton, N.C.; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

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