Charles Fleury, 93

Retired FBI agent

July 18, 2008|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Charles McAlister FleurySr., a retired FBI field office manager and longtime Upper Falls resident, died July 10 of a compound fracture of the leg and ankle at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air. He was 93.

Mr. Fleury was born in Greenville, S.C., and was raised in Florida, Oklahoma, and Towson. He was a graduate of Kenwood High School and earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Loyola College in 1936.

During the late 1930s and early 1940s, he worked as a chemist and headed the laboratory at the old Glenn L. Martin Co. plant in Middle River.

During World War II, he enlisted in the Army Air Forces and was assigned as a pilot flying to China over the Himalayas.

So dangerous were the flights that pilots nicknamed the route the "Aluminum Highway" for the many planes that crashed along the way.

Discharged as a second lieutenant, Mr. Fleury went to work as a special agent for the FBI in 1946. He was head of the agency's Montgomery County field office at his 1973 retirement.

After he retired, Mr. Fleury and his wife moved to Woodbine Farm in Upper Falls, near Kingsville, which has been in his family since 1794.

Mr. Fleury enjoyed working on restoration projects on the farm, where a Mass of Christian burial was offered Sunday.

He was a communicant of St. Stephen Roman Catholic Church in Bradshaw.

Surviving are his wife of 65 years, the former Dorothy "Freddie" Frederick; two sons, Charles McA. Fleury Jr. of Upper Falls and Gerard F. Fleury of Cooksville; three daughters, Therese F. McDonald of Upper Falls, Catherine F. Jones of Richmond, Va., and Clare F. Emond of Salisbury; three brothers, Alexander Fleury of Annapolis, Lewis Fleury of Towson and William Fleury of Knoxville, Tenn.; a sister, Esther Imhoff of Columbus, Ohio; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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