Charles was a good friend and valued colleague for more than 40 years. His early research in the sociology of law at the University of Chicago on social influence in jury trials was seminal and of lasting relevance.
He was always a critical source for me in my sociological education and had first hand information and insight about the development of post war sociology and its leaders. This was gained first hand at the University of Chicago in a period of transition which brought together many of the most celebrated theorists and researchers in twentieth century sociology.
Charles was a relentless and extremely organized worker who was fastidious in his care of the sociological data he gathered in his research. His work in coding data using Bale's categories of social interaction in his legal and mental hospital studies were cases in point.
My fondest memories of Charles are not on campus but those on the trail in hikes to Thorp Lookout ,Stuart Lake and the Enchantments , Manastash Ridge , Spectacle Lake and unnamed vistas around Ellensburg. His companionship, friendship, wisdom , and humor seemed to stand out in these settings. He was a strong and powerful climber with great knowledge of the trail and safe conduct in the back country. He always was the strongest among us but always aware when rest and breaks would allow all of us to arrive and return from the trek.
Charles never hesitated to point out weaknesses in an argument or what he took to be intellectual laziness. He was a serious intellectual who once told me he always wanted to be a professor from an early age. His drive and hopes allowed him to attend and succeed academically in the very best sociology school of his generation.
Central Washington University was very lucky to have had his loyalty and I know many students did learn and prosper under his guidance.
I will miss him, but my memories are fond and positive. There was no one I have known who had any more hope for sociology contributing to a evidence based, sustainable and just social order.