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Charles John Kushell III ’53

Published in July 18, 2007, issue

We have just learned that Chuck, a singer of note at the Peddie School and a stalwart member of our freshman and varsity glee clubs, died of heart failure Sept. 7, 2001, in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Chuck also sang in the Octet, roomed with Jay Ora and Carl Steinfield, and dined with them at Key and Seal Club. As a freshman he met Jessie Collins at a concert at the Beard School, at which she was a student and sang in the glee club. They began dating, and she was a student at Goucher College when they married in 1951.

He was majoring in politics when he left Princeton the end of his junior year to take courses at Columbia and work on Wall Street. Later the Kushells moved to Arizona, where Chuck formed a commercial-finance company, set up a firm to make missile nozzles, and even did some home building.

For hobbies, he managed amateur baseball teams and raised bulldogs. He became an American Kennel Club judge for nonsporting, sporting, and six working dog breeds, which took him all over the country and to England.

We are sorry to have lost contact with our good-humored and multifaceted classmate and send warm wishes to Jessie and sons Charles J. IV and Randall M., a twin of Chuck’s late daughter, Katherine Isabel.

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