1918 - 2011 (93 years)
||Charles Milton Moffat |
||17 January 1918
||Indianapolis, Marion Co., Indiana, USA
|CMS Member #
||450, 483 |
||Charles M. Moffat|
By: From Staff Reports - The Sentinel-Record - Published: 03/09/2011
HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE – Charles M. Moffat, whose career as a federal bridge engineer took him across the United States and into Central America, passed away at his home in Hot Springs Village, Ark., on Monday morning, March 7, 2011. He was 93 years old. His family was in attendance during the time of his passing.
Born in 1918 in Indianapolis to parents Edith Mae and James David “Doc” Moffat II, a civil engineer for the Pennsylvania Railroad, Mr. Moffat spent a large part of his childhood growing up in Washington, Pa., where his grandfather, Dr. James David Moffat, served as president of Washington & Jefferson College for 33 years. He graduated from Steele High School in Dayton, Ohio, in 1935 and attended W&J, pledging Phi Gamma Delta fraternity and earning championships on that college’s swimming team. He graduated with a bachelor of sciences degree in mathematics in 1939.
In 1941, he was drafted into U.S. Army. During a visit to Mexico while in boot camp in South Texas, he learned of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Mr. Moffat was assigned to officer training and trained as a meteorologist for the Army Air Corps at California Institute of Technology in Pasadena shortly after that. His World War II assignment as a weather station officer took him to North Africa, Persia and England. Following the war, he continued to serve in the U.S. Air Force Reserve and retired as a major in 1969.
Upon returning to the United States, Mr. Moffat took flight lessons and worked for American Airlines at airports in South Bend, Ind., and Albany, N.Y. In 1950, he enrolled at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to study civil engineering.
In 1951, he married Norma June Miller, the daughter of William and Elizabeth Miller of South Bend. She had been working as a program director at the South Bend YMCA where Mr. Moffat was living in the late 1940s.
Mr. Moffat graduated from RPI in 1952, the year that his father retired as chief engineer (Western Region) of the Pennsylvania Railroad, and was recruited by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for the Bureau of Public Roads, which became the U.S. Department of Transportation in 1966. He began his 28-year engineering career in the Washington, D.C., area. Eventually, he began his training for bridge engineering projects which took him as far away as Colorado and the Boston, Mass., area. He spent two and a half years in the mid-1950s as a project engineer for the Pan-American Highway in Costa Rica. With the creation of the Interstate Highway Program in 1956, he returned to the Albany area where, as division bridge engineer for the Federal Highway Administration, he supervised much of the construction of Interstate 87 and the Interstate 787 arterial highway project along the Hudson River.
In 1962, he accepted the position of project engineer for construction of highway bridges on Interstates 10 and 12 in south Louisiana. His responsibilities included overseeing completion of modern multi-lane bridges along Lake Ponchartrain and across the Mississippi (Horace Wilkinson Bridge) and Atchafalaya rivers.
Described as “The Biggest of the Big,” the Horace Wilkinson Bridge was completed in 1968 and rises more than 175 feet above the Mississippi River, higher than any other span anywhere across the river. At more than 18 miles in length, The Atchafalaya Basin Bridge is the 10th-longest bridge in the world by total length.
In 1970, he and his family moved a final time back to Albany where he rose to the position of structural (bridge) engineer for Region 1 which included New York, New Jersey, New England, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
He retired from the FHWA in 1979.
Years following that were spent traveling, sailing, visiting children and grandchildren and researching family genealogy. He has written three books on his family’s history, tracing its ties back to the British Royal Family and the American Revolution. He and Norma settled in Hot Springs Village in 1986. Following a battle with cancer, Mrs. Moffat passed away in 1989. Mr. Moffat remarried in 1992 to Bobbie Wells Dunn who remains a resident of that community.
He also had served as a session member for Broadmoor Presbyterian Church, Baton Rouge, La., Loudonville Presbyterian Church, Loudonville, N.Y., and Kirk in the Pines, Hot Springs Village, Ark.
In Hot Springs Village, he was a charter member of both the Paul Bewie Boys & Girls Club, serving as a board member for five years, and the HSV Genealogy Club, also serving five years as a board member.
Mr. Moffat also participated in swimming competition well into his 90s, representing Arkansas twice in the National Senior Olympic Games.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Moffat was predeceased by his father James David Moffat II (1953), his mother Edith Mae Angel Moffat (1971), his brother, James David Moffat III (2002) and his sisters Edith Elizabeth Moffat Evans (1986) and Clara C. Moffat (2004).
Survivors include sisters Mary L. Moffat Finkbeiner & Jane A. Moffat Pallme, daughters Margaret Pagnotta (Houston, Tx.), Kris Tina McKown (Rayville, La.), Carol Richey (Shreveport, La.) and son Charles (Orlando, Fla.) as well as six grandchildren and one great-grandson.
Mr. Moffat will be interred at a family plot in Washington, Pa.
Arrangements are by CedarVale Funeral Home of Hot Springs Village.
In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made to the National Senior Olympic Games. 
||7 March 2011
||Hot Springs Village, Garland Co., Arkansas, USA 
- Noted by daughter when she sent renewal of her membership in Clan Moffat Society December 2011
||after 7 March 2011
||Washington, ? Co., Pennsylvania, USA 
- Obituary noted “Mr. Moffat will be interred at a family plot in Washington, Pa.” - there is a Washington in both Cumberland and Washington counties - Roger 2 Jan 2012
||Clan Moffat Genealogy
||2 January 2012 |
||James David Moffat, Jr., b. 20 September 1884, Washington, Washington Co., Pennsylvania, USA , d. 19 May 1953, Saint Petersburg, Pinellas Co., Florida, USA (Age 68 years) |
||Edith Mae Angel, b. 17 February 1887, Tipton, Cedar Co., Iowa, USA , d. 7 August 1972, La Grange, Cook Co., Illinois, USA (Age 85 years) |
||Family Group Sheet | Family Chart
||Norma June Miller, b. 31 August 1927, South Bend, St. Joseph Co., Indiana, USA , d. 30 September 1989, Hot Springs Village, Garland Co., Arkansas, USA (Age 62 years) |
||25 March 1951
||South Bend, St. Joseph Co., Indiana, USA
||Family Group Sheet | Family Chart
- [S1] Original Moffat GEDCOM File, Robert and Frances Moffitt.
- [S512] GEDCOM file from Charles Moffat, submitted by Charles Moffat - Clan Moffat Society #850.
- [S2442] Obituary published on website of newspaper Hot Springs Sentinel-Record, written by Staff Reports.