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Charles David Reich Jr.

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SEATTLE, Wash. -- Charles David Reich Jr., of Shaftsbury, Vt. and Seattle, and formerly of North Salem, N.Y., died in his sleep Thursday morning, Sept. 30, 2004, in Seattle. He was 89. He suffered cumulative abdominal injuries and malfunctions for decades and became bed-ridden following his last surgery in 2002. He has lived with his son in Seattle since November 2003.

Mr. Reich leaves behind his loving wife, Carol Hawkins Reich, and two of three sons and a daughter-in-law: David McKin Reich, 54, of Seattle; Jonathan Wheeler Reich, 50, of San Luis Obispo, Calif.; and Suzanne Schulte Reich, 36, of the Putnam Lake, N.Y., the widow of Chandler Ashton Reich, Mr. Reich’s youngest son, who died of melanoma Sept. 19, 2003. Along with his wife and children, five grandchildren and two great-grandsons also survive Mr. Reich in Seattle, Marysville and San Luis Obispo.

Born July 15, 1915 in San Jose, Calif., Mr. Reich spent his childhood in the Far East, notably Japan, the Philippines and China, while his father worked as Far Eastern buyer for the Marshal Field Corporation. He attended the Baggio School near Manila and lost his mother, Betsy Wheeler Reich, in the Yokohama earthquake of 1923, which he and his father survived. Mr. Reich attended the Lawrenceville School in New Jersey, graduated from Princeton University in 1938 and received his MBA from Harvard in 1940.

During World War II, as second lieutenant platoon leader anti-aircraft artillery, Mr. Reich served over two years in the Pacific theater - Northern Solomon Islands - Bismarck Archipelago, June 1943-September 1945 - and was honorably discharged at Fort Dix, N.J. in 1946.

Charles married Carol Hawkins on Sept. 27, 1947 in Brewster, N.Y. They first lived in New York City and eventually moved their family to their permanent home in North Salem, in northeastern Westchester County. Mr. Reich worked for more than 30 years in midtown Manhattan as a marketing and sales executive in the synthetic fibers industry. After retirement, he and Carol sold their home in North Salem and eventually moved to their present home in Shaftsbury, where they have lived for 18 years.

Charles awoke briefly on Monday, Sept. 27, his 57th wedding anniversary, to tell Carol he loved her, and then lost consciousness. He died three days later.
Published in Bennington Banner on Oct. 4, 2004
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