He graduated from Jamesville-DeWitt High School in New York, where he was editor-in-chief of the yearbook and a member of the Honor Society in both junior and senior years, won a Bausch & Lomb Science Award, and played on the varsity football and track teams.
At Princeton, Chuck majored in mechanical and aerospace engineering and graduated with honors. He was a member of Tower Club and the Outing Club, ran freshman track, was executive editor of the College Guide to Undergraduate Courses, and worked at the Pizza Agency. Senior year Chuck roomed in 14 Little Hall with Chuck Schuerhoff, Phil Walkley, and Barry Wilder.
After graduation Chuck served in the Army Medical Service in Washington, D.C., retiring as a captain, and then attended Harvard Business School, earning an MBA in 1975. During his business career he held engineering and operations executive positions at many companies, including industrial and medical instrument companies in New York and Colorado and plastics and energy companies in Massachusetts. Chuck retired as the Northeast regional vice president for Duke Energy Corporation’s energy services affiliate. He was awarded three U.S. patents for his work in the medical device technology businesses and won the Marketing Achievement Award of the American Gas Association in 1993.
After retiring, Chuck moved to Meredith, near Lake Winnipesaukee, and became a Realtor for Roche Realty Group, working throughout New Hampshire. An avid outdoorsman/environment activist, he served as president of the Windy Waters Conservancy and was a member of the Appalachian Mountain Club, the Society for Protection of New Hampshire Forests, and the White Mountain Gateway Economic Development Corporation.
Chuck is survived by his wife, Maggie Binnington Braxton; and their three grandchildren, Anthony, Alanna, and Aaliyah Robinson. Chuck was predeceased by his and Maggie’s adopted daughter, Bree Louise Braxton Robinson.