CHARLES G. BELL

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Charles G. Bell Charles died peacefully on Christmas morning at his daughter's home in Belgrade, Maine after several years of declining health. He was born on Halloween, 1916, in Greenville, Mississippi, the son of Judge Percy and Nona Archer Bell. His lifelong passion for astronomy, geology, poetry, and the heights of tall trees began in childhood. He attended the University of Virginia in 1933 and was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford, England as his focus expanded from Physics to the Humanities. He returned to the States in 1940 to begin his professional calling as an educator and writer. He taught at many Universities and published two novels, three books of poetry, and an autobiography. The culmination of his creative vision was in his multimedia Symbolic History shows, which trace the evolution of Western Civilization through sight and sound. Mr. Bell was most blessed in the loving companionship of his wife Danny for 54 years. She was his true compass and together they made their homes in Annapolis, Maryland and Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he was Tutor Emeritus at St. John's College. Charles Bell was a well known, much respected and loved figure in Santa Fe over a period of some forty years, whether through his work as a tutor at the college, or at his showings of Symbolic History which he gave at the college every Tuesday night. Often one could catch a glimpse of Mr. Bell weaving in and out of traffic on his old, black bicycle down to the camera store on the plaza, or around town to do errands. Innumerable friends and colleagues will remember hiking with him in the foot hills of Atalya Mountain, or on more ambitious hikes up some of the mountains east of town. Mr. Bell always loved being a part of the Santa Fe community. It was a rich, diverse and vibrant community for him, one in which he, and his wife Danny found their true "home." They were invariably happy to live in, and be part of Santa Fe. Mr. Bell moved to Belgrade Maine in 2006 to live with his daughter and son in law, Sandra and Harry Colt, and later lived for two years at the Alzheimer's Care Center in Gardiner, where he received loving care. Despite the infirmities of age, he continued to draw people by his sweetness of spirit, breadth of knowledge, and unfailing humor. Mr. Bell was preceded in death by his beloved wife Danny, in 2004. He is survived by five daughters; Nona Estrin and Delia Robinson of Montpelier, Vermont; Charlotte Samuels of Fairfax, California; Carola Bell of Santa Fe, New Mexico; Sandy Colt of Belgrade, Maine, and many dear grandchildren and great-grandchildren, among them: Taj Birnbaum of Guanahuato, Mexico, Rachel Sumers of New York City. James Malone of Santa Fe, New Mexico, Ian Colt currently living in Singapore, and Maya Colt of Gardiner, Maine. We will all sorely miss this visionary man, our dearest Daddy and gaffer, but we will always be grateful that he blazed such a bright trail through our lives for so many years. There will be a memorial service in May in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with details to be made available through St. John's College. Gnomic The night each plows A furrow of death In the field of stars Who calls? I am nothing But one with the one That makes the nothing All. - Charles Bell

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