FAIR , CHARLES M., 91, died on Wednesday, January 3, 2007. He was born in Indianapolis, IN, May 30, 1915 to John Fair and Myrtle DeCamp Fair. He graduated from Jeffersonville High School in 1933, and he graduated from Indiana University in 1937 with a B.S. in chemistry. During World War II he was chosen to be part of the Manhattan Project and spent a year and a half working in Hanford, WA. In 1950 he began working at the then new General Electric plant at Appliance Park in Louisville, where he was head of the wastewater treatment plant. While he was at GE he completed postgraduate studies in chemical engineering and qualified for a Professional Engineer's License. He retired from GE after 28 years in 1978. After that he did consulting work in chemical engineering until 1989 when he retired again at age 74 to spend more time playing his beloved golf. He participated in many activities in the Southern Indiana -Louisville area. He was a member of the JC's and Elks Club and their golf club for more than forty years. During the late 1950's he was one of the local leaders who started a program called Science Seminar for gifted science students from ten local high schools. He participated in planning weekly programs and field trips for the students arranging a trip to GE for the students to view a mainframe computer among other activities. He was also involved in organizations related to his work. He was president of the Kentucky and Tennessee chapter of wastewater engineers during his tenure at GE. He leaves his wife, Doris Boesch Fair, three daughters: Susan A. Fair, Kathleen Fair Banks, and Louisa Fair Janovicz; and four grandchildren: Ted and Amy Bourne and Lara and Jennifer Banks. The family would like to thank the nursing staff of Riverview Nursing Home for the excellent care they gave to their father and husband. There will be no viewing hours and no funeral. A memorial service is tentatively planned for the afternoon of Saturday, January 27, 2007 at Providence Retirement Home in New Albany, IN. In lieu of flowers expressions of sympathy can be made to the Alzheimer's Research Center at 640 Jackson St., St. Paul, Minn., 55101. Scott Funeral Homes is in charge of the arrangements.
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Published in The Courier-Journal on Jan. 5, 2007