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Charles Douglas Irwin

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Charles Douglas Irwin, age 71, died on Sunday, Oct. 1, 2006, in Albuquerque, N.M. Charles was born Dec. 25, 1934, in Ada, Okla.
He completed his Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral Degrees at the University of Oklahoma, along with Postdoctoral work at UCLA. During his distinguished career as a respected scholar and educator he held numerous faculty and administrative posts. He began his career on the teaching faculty at Southwestern State College in Weatherford, Okla. In 1963, he joined the faculty of Eastern New Mexico University in Portales, N.M., later becoming Assistant to the Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the College of Business. During his tenure, the Small Business Institute, the Women in Management Program and the Technological Innovation Center were created at ENMU. Charles was also an active member of the Roosevelt County community working with the Red Cross, the United Fund and the Chamber of Commerce. In 1988, Dr. Irwin was named Professor of Management at Texas A and M University-Corpus Christi, and in 2000 he retired as Professor Emeritus. Following retirement, he and wife Biddye made their new home in Albuquerque, N.M. Charles will be lovingly remembered for his genuine warmth and love of family, for his dedication as an educator and mentor, and for his boundless intellectual curiosity that embraced everything from the science of management, to the art of auto mechanics, to the culinary wonder of peanut butter on ice cream.
Charles Irwin is survived by his wife, Biddye Juanita Irwin of Albuquerque; his mother, Grace Love Danley of Oklahoma City, Okla.; sons, Christopher Douglas Irwin of Corpus Christi, Texas and Charles Drew Irwin of Palm Springs, Calif.; grandchildren, Crystal Dawn Irwin of Texico, N.M. and Charles David Irwin of El Paso, Texas; and one sister, Deana Palmer of Oklahoma City, Okla. Graveside Services will be held on Oct. 4, 2006, at 2:00 p.m at the Santa Fe National Cemetery in Santa Fe, N.M. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Neuroscience Center at the University of New Mexico.
Arrangements are by French Mortuary, 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, (505) 823-9400
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