Charles Greenwood "Chuck" Wootton

Wootton, Charles "Chuck" Greenwood August 1924 - January 2014 POINT LOMA -- DIPLOMAT, BUSINESSMAN, VOLUNTEER, DEPUTY SECRETARY GENERAL of the OECD, Paris, France 1974 - 1980. Chuck was born on a farm near Karber's Ridge, Illinois, homesteaded by his grandfather, Abraham Wootton, long-serving County Court Clerk of Hardin County, Illinois. His parents were Estel Charles Wootton, born on the same farm, and Sarah Bertha Greenwood, of Central City, Kentucky. The family moved to Highland Park, Michigan, where Estel worked at the Ford Motor Company until his death when Chuck was nine. Chuck matriculated at the University of Kentucky, majoring in chemistry, but soon volunteered for the U.S. Army, where he trained as an infantryman, shooting expert with the M 1 rifle. The army sent him back to college in the Army Specialized Training Program, where he studied engineering, pre-medicine and medicine at the University of Connecticut, Yale University and the New York Medical College. When mustered out of the U S Army, he decided to study for a career in the US Foreign Service, which had been his dream since high school. He graduated with a BA Degree from Columbia. Chuck was commissioned as a United States Diplomatic and Consular Officer in 1949 and served 31 years, primarily abroad, in Stuttgart, Manila, Bordeaux, Brussels, Ottawa, Bonn and Paris as well as at the Canadian National Defence College in Kingston, Ontario. During an assignment in the U. S., he earned an MA Degree in Economics from Stanford University. Chuck was Minister-Counselor for Economic and Commercial Affairs at the American Embassy in Bonn, Germany, and senior Deputy Secretary General of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in Paris, France, where he was accorded the assimilated rank of Chief of Diplomatic Mission by the Government of France. While in Brussels he was awarded the Superior Honor Award of the State Department for his work in resolving the U.S. - European Common Market "Chicken War" of the late-1960's Upon retiring from the US Foreign Service in 1980, Chuck joined the Gulf Oil Corporation, and later the Chevron Corporation, as Coordinator for International Public Affairs. He was honored as "Volunteer of the Year" in 2011 by the San Diego City Schools and received several awards from the PTA's he served over the years. Chuck leaves behind Bette, his wife for 69 years, daughters Cheryl Brierton, Cynthia Wootton, Emily Zack Bates and Ginny Gallagher LaRowe of San Diego, Laurel Freeman, of Huntington Beach, and son Charles (Chad) Wootton, of Los Angeles, 8 grandsons, 3 granddaughters, 1 great-grandson, 4 great- granddaughters, 4 sons-in-law, Chuck Freeman, Alan Clark, Randy Bates and Kirk LaRowe and one daughter-in-law, Amy Wootton. A Memorial Service will be held on February 22nd at the Point Loma Community Presbyterian Church for his family, friends and associates. All are welcome. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Uplift Kids at Heart program of Point Loma Community Presbyterian Church.

Published in The San Diego Union Tribune on Jan. 16, 2014