Dr. Charles Hamrin Jr.

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HAMRIN Dr. Charles Edward, Jr., PhD., of Lexington, passed into the arms of Jesus on October 19 2013. He was born in Chicago, IL, on Jan 12, 1934 to the late Charles and Violet Hamrin. Charlie graduated from Senn High School and received his BS, Masters and PhD in Chemical Engineering from Northwestern University. He married Ruth Hamrin in 1956. Charlie was a professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Kentucky until he retired in 2001. He was chairman of the department from 1988 to 1992. Prior to his time at UK, Charlie taught at the University of Denver and worked at the Union Carbide Y12 plant in Oak Ridge, TN. In addition to holding 3 patents, including 1 for processing super-conducting materials, Charlie had a passion for his students' academic and personal performance. Charlie had a life-long active role in the organization of Young Life, a Christian ministry to high school students. Charlie founded the Young Life program in Oak Ridge, TN, and later was instrumental in bringing Young Life to Lexington. He remained active on the organizing committee and was later a volunteer leader. Charlie's lasting legacy will be in influencing many to come to Christ. Charlie was active for many years at Christ Church Episcopal and served as Sunday School Superintendant there. Before he passed, he attended Tates Creek Presbyterian Church. He was a Kentucky Colonel and loved to play bluegrass music. Charlie is survived by his wife Ruth Hamrin, his sons Steve (Tracy) and David (Allison) of Lexington and his daughter Becki (Alan) of Carlisle, KY. He also is survived by five grandchildren. Funeral, 11am Thursday at Tates Creek Presbyterian Church with burial following at Lexington Cemetery. Visitation, 5-8pm Wednesday at the church. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to Young Life Lexington or Tates Creek Presbyterian Church. www.milwardfuneral.com

Published in Lexington Herald-Leader on Oct. 22, 2013
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