Charles was born in San Francisco and came to Princeton from the Lawrenceville School. He joined Charter Club and majored in English, writing his thesis on “W.B. Yeats as a Dramatist.” His father was in the Class of 1920.
Returning to California, Charles graduated in 1958 from the Hastings College of the Law, where he was a member of the Law Review. He joined the firm of Samuelsen, Whitehead, Benes, and Ringwalt and eventually became a senior partner. He served the state as an administrative law judge until his retirement in 2010. He was an avid gardener and loved classical music and literature.
Charles is survived by his wife of more than 60 years, Marjorie; their daughter, Julia; their son, Eric; and four grandchildren.