Chuck Munat was born and raised in Chicago during the Depression. His family was perennially in debt, so he assumed that his education would end when he graduated from high school—where he was class president and newspaper editor. But two scholarships provided enough funds for him to earn a bachelor’s degree from Loyola University in 1956.
After driving a cab in Chicago and serving two years in the U.S. Army, Chuck became a high school English teacher, working at several schools in the inner city. After ten years of teaching, he moved to Connecticut where he became a writer and editor of a classroom newspaper for the Weekly Reader Corporation. Later he taught communication skills to minority students in the pre-nursing program at Greater Hartford Community College. He founded the Volunteer Genealogists at the Connecticut History Society and received their lifetime achievement award.
He retired to Washington state in 1989 where he continued to be an avid and respected family history researcher. He loved nature photography, birding, travel, writing his family newsletter, New Zealand, the Seattle Mariners, and babies.
Chuck died on June 6, 2009, of complications from Lewy body disease.
The Many Faces of Chuck Munat
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