Charles Habernigg, an Oregon attorney, died of cancer April 13, 2012, at the age of 79.

After high school in Kansas, Habernigg graduated from Oberlin in 1954, entered Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School, but did not graduate. He transferred to Yale Law School, and graduated from there in 1959. That year, he married and moved to Oregon to practice law.

He was an assistant U.S. attorney in Portland until 1967. Then he served for two years as the attorney general of American Samoa in Pago Pago. After returning to Portland, he was a partner with several law firms.

An accomplished pianist and singer, he was an entertaining joke teller, and enjoyed the company of people from all walks of life.

Habernigg is survived by Jill, his wife of 52 years; and two daughters, including Ann ’83.

Graduate memorials are prepared by the APGA.

Graduate Class of 1955