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Charles Brown Atwater ’35

Published in June 7, 2000, issue

Son of Edward S. Atwater Jr. '04, and Jeannette S. Brown, Charlie died on Mar. 10 in Grafton, Vt., at 85. He prepared for Princeton at Pingry School, where he played football and baseball and served on both its publications and student government boards. At Princeton he majored in the classics, roomed with Henry Patton, and was a member of Tiger Inn. He spent a 40-year career in teaching, broken only by Navy service during WWII. First came two years teaching at New England prep schools. Then Charlie returned to Pingry to concentrate his passion for Latin on sixth, seventh, and eighth graders for more than two decades. He became Pingry's headmaster in 1961.

Charlie and his wife, the former Helen K. Emmens, participated in numerous alumni activities at Princeton and Pingry and church volunteer work. After he retired to Grafton in 1970, he taught five more years at the Vermont Academy, Saxtons River, and became a director of the Windham Foundation and Bunbury Co., whose primary interest centers on New Jersey organizations that aid handicapped or under-privileged youth, ecological and environmental concerns, and the encouragement of the arts and education. Helen died in 1988. His survivors include a son, Charles Jr., two daughters, Christine Jackson and Sheldon Lekach, and four grandchildren.

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