Walter Newton Chitwood III

August 1, 1948January 5, 2019
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Walter Newton Chitwood III of Annapolis, Maryland died January 5, 2019 at Hospice of the Chesapeake in Harwood. He was 70 years old and suffered from complications due to a series of strokes.

He was retired from a long and distinguished career in public service in county and state government and as an educator.

Walter was born in San Diego, California to Eleanor Clara, an Annapolis native, and Walter N. Chitwood Jr., a Chief in the US Navy. His family moved to Anne Arundel County shortly after his birth and made their home in Arnold, MD, where his mother began a long career as a teacher in the county school system.

Walter graduated from Severna Park High School in 1966, highlighted by a bright academic and athletic record. He was later inducted into the school’s athletic hall of fame. At Wheaton College in Illinois he earned a degree in political science and was a member of the R.O.T.C. He graduated in 1970 and later earned a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Baltimore.

After college, he served as an officer in the US Army during the Vietnam War. Walter was an honored recipient of the Bronze Star, two Purple Hearts, and other commendations and awards. His dedication to the military left a lasting impression on him and motivated much of his professional and personal life. His public service career choices focused almost exclusively on the lives and safety of local communities and its ability to treat all citizens with respect and fairness.

Following his distinguished service in the Army he returned home to Arnold where he learned his youth football coach, Bob Pascal, was running for county executive. When Pascal won election as Anne Arundel’s second executive, he asked Walter to join his administration as his top assistant – a job he held for eight years.

As his reputation for budget and administrative expertise grew, he served future county executives Jim Lighthizer, Bob Neall and Janet Owens in a variety of posts including Chief Administrative Officer, County Controller and chief of several other agencies. He also served as a budget analyst with the state government. During these years, Walter also joined the faculties of Anne Arundel Community College and Washington College in Chestertown as an adjunct professor in economics and government. As a community volunteer, he was recruited for many local boards, committees and task forces. In addition, Walter and his family were sponsors for many midshipmen from the US Naval Academy.

Walter is survived by his wife Jane of 40 years and three children; Ian and Michelle Goldberg of Philadelphia, Carri and Marc Browne of Copenhagen, Denmark, Ryan and Amy Chitwood of Annapolis, five grandchildren, and his sister, Eleanor Ann Boyd of Pennsylvania.

Visitation is scheduled for Sunday, January 13th 2:00-4:00 PM and 6:00-8:00 PM at Taylor Funeral Home, 147 Duke of Glouchester St., Annapolis, MD 21401. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 AM at Taylor Funeral Home on January 14th.

Rather than floral tributes, the family asks that contributions in Walter’s name be made to the Hospice of the Chesapeake, 90 Ritchie Highway, Pasadena, MD 21122 ( or the Disabled American Veterans (


  • Receiving of Friends Sunday, January 13, 2019
  • Receiving of Friends Sunday, January 13, 2019
  • Memorial Service Monday, January 14, 2019
  • Graveside Service Monday, January 14, 2019

Walter Newton Chitwood III

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David Fox

February 6, 2019

I just learned that Walter had passed last month and I feel terrible that I was not their to honor his memory at his funeral. Walter was my hero! After I retired from the USAF in 1984, I applied for just about every Anne Arundel County government job opening, whether I was qualified or not. At the time Walter was th County Controller. I got called in to interview for a job in his department for which I had no qualifications. The first question he asked me was “tell me why you think you are qualified for this job”. I responded: “ I am not qualified for this job and I am surprised that you called me in for an interview.” He than told me that was the answer he was looking for and he wanted to establish a new position based on my experience, education, and military service. Walter was the most ethical, knowledgeable, and hard working person I have ever known. We had a special bond because of our common service in the military. When I informed him about some unethical transaction that came through for payment that I thought the County should not pay, he immediately agreed and brought it to the attention of his superiors. They told him to pay it. He immediately resigned from the County. I was devestated to loose the best boss I ever had. But ethics were very sacred to Walter. Fountunately, he came back to the County after the next election. My sincere sympathy to Jane, his children, and grandchildren. May his memory be a blessing to all who knew Walter. RIP my friend.

Patricia Mills

January 24, 2019

I just heard today, via Al Larrimore, of Walt's passing. I went all through high school with Walt and have many fond memories of him during that time. One lasting one was his lunch time admonition - "Life is short, eat dessert first". Words to live by. Rest in Peace, Walt

Pat Mills

Diane Evans

January 21, 2019

Walter Chitwood was one of a kind. In government service, he served all. As a great problem solver, you went to Walter if you had an issue that needed attention. You could trust him. He was kind, smart as a whip, compassionate, the kind of fellow who mentored many, even if he wasn't aware of it. You will be greatly missed. My deepest condolences to the family. -- Diane R. Evans

Amy Leahy

January 13, 2019

I met Walter 30 years ago when I took his Intro to Business class at AACC. I approached him towards the end of the semester and asked about employment with the County. He came through with setting up an interview and I spent the next 17 years working for Anne Arundel County, but never had the pleasure of calling him my boss. The 8 years I spent working in the Budget Office was when I saw him in action up close, since during those Lighthizer years he was the Controller and worked closely with my boss. My respect for him was immense, mainly because of his work ethic and lack of self aggrandizement. Receiving praise from him was praise well deserved, and he encouraged me throughout my community college years working towards my degree. I will be forever grateful.

I ran into him a few times after leaving county employment, or spoke on the phone with him. The last time was after his stroke when he attended a function in support of a family friend despite difficulty walking. I will forever remember Walter fondly for his role in helping further what became my career with the County. Rest in peace my friend. Amy

Deb Daly

January 11, 2019

I was sorry to hear this. His mother and mine taught at Arnold Elementary and
were close friends.

We got our orange tabby, Tiger, who ruled the roost for 15 years,
from the Chitwoods. My deepest sympathies to his family.

Deb Daly
Annapolis, MD

Joe McCann

January 10, 2019

My sincere condolences to Walter’s family and friends.I had the pleasure of working with him during the Pascal and Lighthizer years in Anne Arundel County. His energy and enthusiasm for the many responsibilities he was charged with was a joy to witness . I never heard him utter an unkind word about any fellow employee or citizen, and he performed all of his tasks with a positive attitude. He certainly was a positive influence in my life and I regret not maintaining some contact with him especially after Vic Sulin told me he was ill. The citizens of Anne Arundel County all benefited from his dedication to public service. Sincerely, Joe McCann , Wilmington, De.

John Price

January 9, 2019

These pictures of Walter are exactly how I remember him! Smiling and full of enthusiasm. I was fortunate enough to be the first midshipman to be sponsored by Walter and Jane, thanks to a lucky family connection – Jane and my aunt were childhood friends. The Chitwoods were like family to me and my roommate, Mike Rigo. We were so happy just to hang out there – I remember Ian and Carri were just a bit younger than me, and Ryan was a skinny little kid. As the big brother in a family of six kids myself, it felt very natural to me. Walter was a gung-ho supporter of the military, and I remember he put out some feelers about trying to get back into the Army to drive tanks at the age of maybe 40-something! As I recall, Jane did not fully support this idea… I am glad that Mike and I were thoughtful enough to invite Walter to our USNA dining-in as an honor guest. One of the other guests was Adm. Jim Stockdale, who later briefly ran for VP. There was a silly set of protocol rules which (Walter understood, I didn’t) was a game. He purposely committed some sort of infraction and achieved the punishment of drinking some multi-alcoholic “grog” that was concocted for that purpose. He loved the game – and the grog was “pretty good”!
John Price, USNA ‘91

Ian Goldberg

January 8, 2019

Ian Goldberg

January 8, 2019

Grandad and grandson Aidan

Amy Chitwood

January 8, 2019

Walter and his youngest granddaughter, Genevieve.


Walt relaxing in the “cove”


Walt taking a “breather” from the grandchildren


Walt and his granddaughter, Remy


Rowan and Granddaddy


Rowan and Granddaddy


Walt with his hands full!


Rowan and Granddaddy conspiring