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Charles Edward Shain ’36 *49

Published in Sept. 10, 2003, issue

Charlie died Apr. 13, 2003; he was 87.

At Princeton he majored in English, was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and was a member of Elm Club. Besides his BA, he received master's and PhD degrees at Princeton. In addition he studied a year at King's College at Cambridge University in England. He also received honorary degrees from Princeton, Wesleyan, and Emerson.

His first teaching position was at the Los Alamos Ranch School in New Mexico. Later he taught English at Milton Academy in Massachusetts.

During WWII he enlisted as a private and retired as a major in combat intelligence with a heavy bomber group in the Pacific theater. He was awarded the Bronze Star.

After the war Charlie taught English for seven years at Carleton College in Northfield, Minn. In 1962 he was called to be the sixth president of Connecticut College in New London, retiring in 1974. In 1985 the college dedicated its library to him.

Charlie was predeceased by his first wife, the former Josephine Hooker Wilson of Boston. He is survived by his wife of 19 years, Sammuella R. Etnier, three nephews, a stepdaughter, two stepsons, six step-grandchildren, and five step-great-grandchildren.

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