Charles Richard Noddings passed peacefully away the evening of July 16, at the home of his daughter, Carol Noddings Eichinger, and his son-in-law, Barry Eichinger, in DeForest, Wis., where he resided the last year of his life. Charles was born September 5, 1923, in Great Falls, Mont., to Sarah Stephenson Cox and William Clayton Noddings, and lived to be 88 years of age. He had five siblings. Charles graduated from Penn State University in Chemical Engineering, and the University of Michigan with an advanced degree in Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering. Charles worked many years at Dow Chemical as a chemical engineer, producing over three dozen patents in catalysis work. He moved to Minneapolis where he worked at 3M as a Senior Environmental Engineer until he retired in 1990. He has published scientific articles, and the text "Handbook of Compositions at Thermodynamic Equilibrium."
He moved to the mountains of Colorado after retirement. Charles traveled to all 50 states, many European countries, and many of the Caribbean Islands. He read prolifically, both fiction and non-fiction. He was mathematically brilliant and continued to work on the solution to the triangulation of an angle in his later years. Charles continued to study after retirement: cosmology, quantum mechanics, and astronomy. It is imagined that Charles left this worldly existence to merge with a Higgs boson particle.
Charles outlived two wonderful wives, Maxine Elaine (Sine), who passed away in 1976, and his second wife, Marceline Joy (Ryberg), who passed away in August of 2011. Both marriages lasted over 30 years. He was also preceded in death by his brother Thomas Noddings; his sister Shirley (Noddings) Laehder; and his grand-daughter Rachael Noddings. He is survived by his three children, Carol Noddings Eichinger and husband Barry of DeForest, Wis., Sally Noddings of Italy, and Randy Noddings and wife Barbara of Prior Lake, Minn. Charles had 15 grandchildren, and 16 great-grandchildren. He will be sorely missed. He also has two living siblings, Sarah Noddings of Torrance, Calif., and James Noddings of Ocean Grove, N.J.
There will be a "celebration of (a great) life" the weekend of November 10, when family from Italy, Alaska, California , Tennessee, New Jersey, Colorado and Minnesota can come together. Donations may be sent to the Wisconsin Alliance for Infant Mental Health, in Madison, Wis.