Chuck died at home Nov. 12, 2022, in Front Royal, Va., of complications from appendiceal cancer. He is survived by his three children, Shayla, Dash, and Jag Fitzsimmons-Call; his partner, Sarah Convissor; his sister, Carole Ticer; and brothers Chris and Craig.

When not taking his boys to soccer games, watching Shayla at rhetoric competitions, or volunteering as an EMT, Chuck was an associate professor in American University’s International Peace & Conflict Resolution Program, where he focused on peace building, anti-impunity, and violence prevention. He also served as a non-resident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.

Highly regarded as a scholar-practitioner, Chuck’s academic contributions reflected his lifelong pursuit of solutions to armed conflict. After concentrating at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton, he spent 18 months volunteering in a community of displaced persons in wartime El Salvador, which solidified his commitment to peace and justice.

Known for his incisive intellect, Chuck challenged conventional thinking at policy conferences around the world. Following publication of his book Why Peace Fails, he served as senior adviser at the State Department’s Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization  Operations.

Chuck was a devoted father, mentor, and friend. His love of Dr. Pepper, spicy food, and salsa dancing lives on among family, friends, and the members of the Class of 1986.

Undergraduate Class of 1986