Rev Charles Waters Gilchrist

Rev Charles Waters Gilchrist

Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, USA
Death 24 Jun 1999 (aged 62)
Baltimore, Baltimore County, Maryland, USA
Burial Beallsville, Montgomery County, Maryland, USA
Plot Row F, Lot 38 Lower, Site 2
Memorial ID 69538658 · View Source
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- Ralph Alexander Gilchrist [1896-1983]
- Eleanor Yates (Waters) Gilchrist [1893-1951]

Married Phoebe A. (Royce) Gilchrist on July 29, 1951 in Greenwich, Fairfield Co., CT.

Charles W. Gilchrist was a native Washingtonian, living in the District and Montgomery County throughout his childhood. He attended John Quincy Adams Elementary School and graduated from St. Alban's High School. He attended Williams College and Harvard Law School. A few years later, Mr. Gilchrist returned to Montgomery County, where he lived with his wife and three children. In 1975 he was elected, and served through 1978, as a Maryland State Senator. In 1978, Mr. Gilchrist served two consecutive terms as Montgomery County Executive. During that time, Mr. Gilchrist appointed the County's first African-American and Hispanic staff advisors, created the County's Minority Business Procurement Program and established the Commission on Ethnic Affairs.

After serving as County Executive, he entered Virginia Theological Seminary and was ordained an Episcopal Priest in 1990. From 1991 to 1996 Reverend Gilchrist was Executive Director of the Cathedral Shelter of Chicago, an Episcopal agency that provides residential rehabilitation and treatment for addicts, plus outpatient and community services. By 1996 Mr. Gilchrist was ready to move east and moved to the Sandtown-Winchester area of Baltimore, where he joined the New Song Urban Ministries, which contribute church, housing, educational, health, and job services in that low-income area.

Throughout his life, both as an elected official and as a clergyman, Mr. Gilchrist sought to open doors of participation in community life to everyone. He envisioned the changing demographics of the County and encouraged everyone to welcome the new faces and cultures that were beginning to redefine our community.

The Gilchrist Center for Cultural Diversity reflects Mr. Gilchrist's immense capacity to see and act beyond the boundaries of race, color and ethnic difference.

A long-time resident of Montgomery County, Charles Gilchrist was the second County Executive in the County's history. He ran the affairs of a County equal to 6 of the 50 states in size (600,000 population at the time), with an operating budget of almost $1 billion and nearly 20,000 employees.

Charlie Gilchrist was born on November 12, 1936, in Washington, D.C. and did his early schooling at St. Albans in Washington. He graduated magna cum laude from Williams College in 1958 as a Phi Beta Kappa and later earned a law degree from Harvard Law School.

A member of the Maryland and District of Columbia Bar Associations, Charlie Gilchrist practiced with law firms in Baltimore and Washington. A tax law specialist, he has lectured and authored materials on federal tax matters and pension legislation for the New York University Institute on Federal Taxation.

Charlie Gilchrist was elected to the Maryland State Senate in 1975 where he was active on numerous committees and commissions, including the Senate Finance Committee and the Joint Ethics Committee. He won election as County Executive in 1978 and again in 1982.

Charlie Gilchrist and his wife Phoebe were active members of their Rockville community where they lived with their three children.

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Charles W. Gilchrist Immigrant Resource Center

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  • Created by: Glenn Wallace
  • Added: 8 May 2011
  • Find a Grave Memorial 69538658
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Rev Charles Waters Gilchrist (12 Nov 1936–24 Jun 1999), Find a Grave Memorial no. 69538658, citing Monocacy Cemetery, Beallsville, Montgomery County, Maryland, USA ; Maintained by Glenn Wallace (contributor 46802463) .