Chuck grew up in Waterbury and left home to go to Westminster School in Simsbury, Conn., and then to Princeton, where he joined Colonial Club and wrote a thesis on “The Hartford Convention and the War of 1812.” He took part in ROTC and served in the Army in Germany before coming back to the New York area to earn an MBA at Columbia.
Returning to Waterbury, Chuck represented the fifth generation of his family to join a small chemical-distribution company, serving eventually as chairman and CEO before handing the chairmanship to his daughter a year ago.
Active in a variety of community affairs, Chuck served on the governor’s committee on polluted industrial sites and as mentor in a Waterbury school for students who had never had a responsible male adult in their lives. He served also on the board of directors of Waterbury Hospital, several regional banks, the Waterbury Chamber of Commerce, the Connecticut Junior Republic, and the United Way of Greater Waterbury.
He had a special passion for running and completed 10 marathons, including the Boston Marathon five times.
Chuck died Nov. 23, 2019, in Waterbury. He is survived by his wife, Martha; four children including Molly ’87; and seven grandchildren.