Charles Carroll Walcutt, 85, Defense Dept. auditor

April 27, 2005

Charles Carroll Walcutt, a retired auditor for the U.S. Department of Defense and former Martin-Marietta official, died of pneumonia Saturday at Morningside House, an Ellicott City assisted-living facility. He was 85, and formerly a longtime resident of Upper Marlboro.

Born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, Mr. Walcutt was a descendant of two signers of the Declaration of Independence, Maryland's Charles Carroll of Carrollton and Oliver Wolcott of Connecticut.

He earned a bachelor's degree in 1941 from Ohio State University, and during World War II served as a lieutenant in the Army. He remained in the Army Reserves and attained the rank of lieutenant colonel.

Mr. Walcutt began his career in 1945 as an accountant in Columbus for Ernst & Ernst, now Ernst & Young, and then took a job as treasurer of the American Jersey Cattle Club.

In the early 1950s, he became a road auditor for the federal government's Army Audit Agency. In 1956, he moved to Baltimore when he became head of accounting for the former Glenn L. Martin Co. After its 1961 merger with American-Marietta Corp., he moved to New York City as assistant secretary and treasurer of Martin-Marietta Corp.

He moved to Upper Marlboro in 1967 when he became an assistant director of the Federal Reserve Board, and in the early 1970s joined the Defense Department's Defense Contract Audit Agency as regional director for its Middle Atlantic region. He retired in 1994.

He continued working as a part-time tax accountant with H&R Block until 2003.

His wife of 24 years, the former Berna Lee Brammer, died in 1965. The next year he married Audria Lee Griffith, who survives him.

Mr. Walcutt enjoyed gardening and planted more than 200 azaleas at his Upper Marlboro home. He moved to Morningside House in 2003.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow in the chapel at the Cheltenham Veterans Cemetery, 11301 Crain Highway.

Mr. Walcutt is also survived by a son, Charles C. Walcutt Jr. of Hunt Valley; a daughter, Dr. Diana Lee Walcutt of Towson; two stepchildren, Don Wayne Goodnough and Vicki Lynn Goodnough, both of Waldorf; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

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