Charles died March 12, 2023, of complications from pneumonia. He was 94.

Charles was born in Philadelphia in 1928, the only child of Charles Johnson and Harriet Cochran. He was a graduate of the Waldron Academy and the Canterbury School. At Princeton, he majored in economics, was involved in the Glee Club, WPRB radio, and the Aquinas Institute, and was a member of Cloister Inn. 

After Princeton, he attended the Stonier Graduate School of Banking and the Columbia University Commercial Bank Management Program. He served in the Korean War from 1951 to 1953 in the Army Chemical Corps.

Charles enjoyed a long career in banking, serving in executive positions in commercial lending, and as a banking consultant for several years after his retirement in 1986. He enjoyed golf and was a former member of St. Davids Golf Club. He was a railroad steam-engine enthusiast throughout his life and spent many weekends riding steam-engine excursions all over the country and working on his model railroad. He always enjoyed telling, and hearing, a good joke.

Charles was predeceased by his wife, Lenora, and daughter Pamela. He is survived by his daughter, Susan; his granddaughters, Kristin and Kelly; two great-granddaughters, Caroline and Meredith; and his longtime friend and companion, Lyn.

Undergraduate Class of 1950