Maritime historian Chuck Fowler wins prestigious state award

OlympianMay 1, 2014 

Olympia resident and noted maritime historian Chuck Fowler has been awarded the 2014 Robert Gray Medal by the Washington State Historical Society Board of Trustees.

A lifelong volunteer, Fowler has served on the board of the Museum of History and Industry in Seattle. He is a former trustee of the state historical society and board president of the State Capital Historical Association and Museum in Olympia.

He has co-authored three pictorial maritime history books in his "on Puget Sound" series, including "Tall Ships" in 2007, "Tugboats" in 2009 and "Patrol and Rescue Boats" in 2011. A fourth local maritime history book, "Maritime Olympia and South Puget Sound," is in the works.

Before semi-retiring in 2000, Fowler co-owned and operated two consulting firms that specialized in maritime, marine environment and waterfront revitalization projects.

The Robert Gray Medal is the most prestigious award offered by the Washington State Historical Society. It recognizes individuals with long-term and distinguished contributions to Pacific Northwest history.

The award will be presented to Fowler at the historical society's annual meeting and luncheon June 21 at the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma. To reserve seats, contact Laura Berry at 253-798-5899 or

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