Charles Brough, developer of social evolution theory and author of "The Last Civilization," died Feb. 3, 2013. Brough was born Aug. 9, 1927, and was raised and lived most of his life in the Los Angeles area. During his long life, Brough traveled to 35 nations beginning in his teens. He lived five years in Asia, including Indonesia at the time of the rioting and burning, leading to the overthrow of the Suharto regime. He was a veteran of the Army, the Maritime Service and the Merchant Marine. His six years of college and a busy life of independent study, focused on some 22 natural and social sciences, enabled him to , as he put it, "compile the first objective and non-theistic theory of social evolution, the only one accurate enough to be used for specific and accurate medium and long range world social phenomena forecasting." His last of three books on the subject of civilization was published in 2010 and, so far, has accurately pictured what has and is happening.
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Brough's first marriage was in Berlin, Germany, to Marianne Peters. Their divorce was 13 years later. His second marriage was to Joanne (Chaves) Brough, then a prominent Hollywood TV executive at CBS and then Lorimar, a marriage that lasted 37 years until her death in 2005.
Self-diagnosed as having Asperger Syndrome, Brough had more than 15 different short-term careers in his active life, including earning a Doctor of Chiropractic degree and practicing in California. Studious and with a keen understanding of human nature, he gave numerous speeches, including at the Rotary Club in Singapore, at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, the Institute of Social Realism in Los Angeles, and the Plato Society at UCLA. He spent much of his last two years bringing his journalistic style academic writing skills to bear in religious, political, sociological, anthropological, biological and economic internet forums.
Those left behind include his daughter, Marianna Strongheart of San Francisco; granddaughters, Brandy and Mercedes in Tallahassee by his second and since deceased daughter, Antonia Martin, then a known professional animal handler at the Miami Metro Zoo. Also included is Christa Lynne, his close companion during his last five years and to whom his last two books were dedicated. Others include his brother, Harry Brough III of Virginia; his step-families, friends around the world and the local Meadowcrest late-afternoon "pool gang."
Brough did not want a service. He had arranged for his body to be taken by the University of Florida, College of Medicine, to be used in medical dissection classes.
Published in Citrus County Chronicle on Feb. 16, 2013