Michael Christopher (Chris) Wells, 27, a native of the Washington area and member of the U.S. National Rowing Team, was found dead June 17 at the dockyard of the Lockheed Ship Building Company in Seattle, Wash.
A spokesman for the King County (Wash.) Medical Examiner's office said Mr. Wells, who worked as a ship scaler at the dockyard, was found unconscious in a crane cab. He was pronounced dead at the scene and an investigation into the cause of his death is continuing, the spokesman said.
Mr. Wells was born in Bethesda and lived in Alexandria, where he graduated from T. C. Williams High School, before moving to the west coast to attend college. He was a 1976 graduate of the University of Washington and was captain of the rowing team there.
He had been a member of the U.S. National Rowing Team since 1977 and won a bronze medal with the U.S. team in the international meet held in Yugoslavia in 1979. He was to have been a member of the U.S. team at the Moscow Olympics in 1980 before the United States boycotted the games.
During the past five years, Mr. Wells had divided his time between Seattle, where he worked in the dockyard, and this area, where he trained. He had been a member of the Potomac Boat Club for the last 11 years.
Survivors include his parents, retired Navy Capt. John and Peggy Wells, and two brothers, Jay and David, all of San Diego.