Charles Carter Putnam, state health department director, dies

He was longtime director of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

March 04, 2011|By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun

Charles Carter Putnam, former director of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, died Feb. 21 of heart failure at the Carroll Hospice Dove House in Westminster. He was 91.

The son of a railroader and a saleswoman, Mr. Putnam was born in Baltimore and raised in Woodlawn. He was a 1937 graduate of Catonsville High School.

He enlisted in the Army Air Forces in 1943 and served as a radar mechanic with the 316th Troop Carrier. He was discharged in 1946 with the rank of corporal.

Mr. Putnam attended the University of Baltimore on the GI Bill of Rights, where he earned a bachelor's degree in 1957.

The longtime director of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene retired from the post in 1986.

A resident of Woodlawn for many years, he moved to Sykesville in 2006. He enjoyed collecting antique glassware, vases, urns and miniature oil lamps, and watching sports events on TV. He also collected lighthouse models.

"He then enjoyed visiting the actual lighthouses," said his daughter, Jo Ann Bardeen of Sykesville.

He was a member of St. Luke's United Methodist Church in Woodlawn.

His wife of 71 years, the former Helen Crismer, died last year.

Services were Feb. 24.

Also surviving are two granddaughters and two great-grandchildren.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com

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