Princeton Alumni Weekly Logo

Charles Sumner Cummings II ’36 *40

Published in Sept. 15, 2004, issue

Chuck died June 22, 2002, from complications of Parkinson's disease.

He prepared at Newark Academy. At Princeton he majored in physics, and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Xi. At Princeton he also received his master's in physics in 1938 and a PhD in 1940.

In 1940 he joined Remington Arms Co., rising to supervisor of fundamental research. In 1961 he moved on to RCA's Missile Test Project at Cape Canaveral as manager of systems evaluation. During this time he was also the first dean of the graduate school of Florida Institute of Technology. In 1966 he moved to RCA Corp.'s Astroelectronics Division in Princeton as a senior member, technical staff. In 1969 he and his wife moved to their family home in Enfield, N.H. Soon after, he became president of Canaan College.

Chuck was listed in the American Men of Science. He held two patents and had 35 articles published. He received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Florida Institute of Technology.

He is survived by his wife, Olivene, whom he married in 1944; daughters Cory C. Snow and C. Suzanne Brown; a son, C.S. Cummings III; and four grandchildren.

The Class of 1936

Post a remembrance
1 Remembrance posted for Charles Sumner Cummings II

Donald MacLeay Says:

2010-02-18 13:10:25

As a former student of Canaan College, and on behalf of all the students of Canaan College, I would like to thank Dr. Cummings and his wife, Olivene, for their guidance, leadership, and friendship, during the brief life of our school. Our condolences to the family.
Post a remembrance
Charles Sumner Cummings II
Enter the word as it appears in the picture below
By submitting a comment, you agree to PAW's comment posting policy.