Dear Mrs. Becky Vest and family,
I was surprised and sorrowed by news at naeDOTedu that Dr. Charles M. Vest died earlier this month. This guest book message, then, though not based on knowing him on a close personal basis nevertheless highlights his humility. That is, a personal e-mail exchange in the fall of 2011 informing the NAE through him of the Sept. 2011 death of NAE member Wesley L. Nyborg -- which Chuck as President had not heard about -- led to being invited through Chuck to write the NAE's memorial tribute for "Wes" who was my physics Ph.D. dissertation advisor over 1969-1974 at The Univ. of Vt. After minor revision by NAE, it was published in 2012 by the NAP in NAE's Memorial Tributes series, thus helping me to bring to closure my own grieving process. So then here go out to you my heartfelt condolences plus my own hope that someone may write a fine and timely memorial tribute to Chuck that illuminates the compassion of his humanity as well as the high distinction he achieved throughout his engineering career.
Sincerely, Hal Frost, age 71