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Charles Dan Jr.

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DAN, JR , CHARLES G., 79, passed away peacefully on Thursday, the 29th of May at Johns Hopkins Hospital of complications from surgery after a brief illness. He was born in Salem, Ohio on November 8, 1934 to Anna Grove Dan and Charles G. Dan. He is preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Nancy D. Shipe. He attended Salem High School and was graduated from Duke University, where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He started his career with Babcock and Wilcox in Alliance, Ohio and then moved on to the Westinghouse Nuclear plant outside of Pittsburgh. In 1961 he joined NASA at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt Maryland where he worked on the space program (most notably the Hubble Space Telescope) until his retirement. In addition to working at NASA, Charlie (and his then wife Holly) successfully owned and operated Olde Towne Cleaners for 20 years. He resided in Annapolis, MD for many years. Charlie was married to the former Catherine H. Hooper, of Baltimore, for twenty-five years and together they had three children who survive him. They are Charles G. Dan, lll of San Antonio, TX, Elizabeth D. House of Houston, TX, and James H. Dan of Annapolis, MD. Charlie is also survived by three grandchildren, Tyler R. Dan, Mitchell F. Dan and Sarah E. Dan. Charlie was devoted to his church and spent many hours volunteering his services in any capacity. He had a thirst for knowledge, loved to read and could talk to anyone about anything. Travel was a passion and he insisted on stopping to read all the historical plaques sometimes to the dismay of his family. Charlie's children feel very blessed to have had such an incredible father. He demonstrated unconditional love to his children every day of their lives. Services will be held at St. Paul's Anglican Church in Crownsville, MD on Friday, June 6, at 1:00pm. In lieu of flowers please take that money and donate to in his honor. Online condolences may be made to
Published in The Capital on June 1, 2014
Charles George Dan
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