Charles Anthony (Tony) Bisselle of Adamstown, Maryland, passed away peacefully at Buckingham’s Choice at the age of 84 on November 30, 2021. He is survived by his loving wife Shirley Register Sherman Bisselle and several nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents Hulbert Thaddeus Bisselle and Alice Ashford Bisselle, brother Robert Bisselle, and sister Shirley Bisselle Toll.
Tony was born in Washington, D.C. on August 25, 1937. He was raised in Foxhall Village near Georgetown University and attended St. Albans High School. He graduated from Princeton University in 1959 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He then earned his Masters Degree in 1961 and his Ph.D in 1967 in Nuclear Engineering, both from the University of Florida. In between his two graduate degrees he spent two enjoyable years in Vienna, Austria working for the Reactor Division of the International Atomic Energy Agency.
After completing his education Tony returned to St. Albans, teaching courses in physics and math for three years and coaching the track team. He then spent the rest of his professional career working for the MITRE Corporation, working on a variety of environmental and energy matters for various federal agencies. His various assignments each lasted three to five months, which he maintained kept his career fresh and interesting.
Tony’s two main hobbies were traveling and house building. For 25 years he worked off and on constructing his own house in McLean, Virginia. While he got professional assistance with the most technical aspects, he did approximately 85% of the work himself, designing the house to meet his own particular specifications. The finished product was a 7,000 square foot dwelling complete with three bedrooms, an indoor pool, a five-car garage, and a bomb shelter.
Tony broke away from work and house building to travel to all corners of the globe, including trips to China, Kenya, Ireland, Egypt, Morocco, Scandinavia, Russia, Australia, and all regions of the USA. On one of his many trips with a local travel club he met his future bride Shirley, and the two of them became ardent world travelers together. Shirley is a trained and enthusiastic ballroom dancer, and with enough encouragement and red wine she coaxed Tony onto the dance floor on many happy occasions. Tony had a sly sense of humor, a great sense of adventure, led a rich and happy life, and will be missed by all who knew him.
Tony requested that, in lieu of a service, his friends remember him by singing “Eternal Father Strong to Save” at a time of their choosing.
Arrangements are with Stauffer Funeral Home, Frederick. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family at www.staufferfuneralhome.com.
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