Charlie Doolittle

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Charlie Doolittle, 88, the beloved husband of Eva, died at Clyde E. Lassen State Veterans Nursing Home on Dec. 25, 2017. He was born in Red Oak, Iowa, graduated from Iowa State University with a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering, married his first wife Betty, and fathered three sons.

He started his professional career with Johnson Controls as a sales engineer in New Orleans. Drafted in 1951, he was assigned to the Army's First Guided Missile Group where he continued pursuing his interest as he worked on the U.S. follow-ups to the German V1 and V2. In 1953, he moved to Oak Ridge, Tennessee to be a control-systems engineer, and later became a project engineer for Union Carbide Nuclear Co. He took post-graduate classes at the University of Tennessee in physics and math.

In 1957, Charlie joined IBM in New York, where for over 31 years he worked as a systems' engineer, division director of planning, and an industry marketing and product consultant. He was a pioneer in the use of personal computers for information services and an international committee chairman for the Information Industry Association.

He was active in the control systems field for many years and is a past president of the American Automation Council. He was a chairman of the computer applications and social effects Committees of the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC), which held conferences worldwide.

He met his second wife Eva at one of these conferences in Warsaw, Poland. Before his departure, he gave Eva his business card and asked her to call him should she ever come to the U.S. She did nine years later and her phone call led to their marriage in 1979 and 38 happy years that followed.

They first resided in Yorktown Heights, Westchester County, New York, and since 1994 in St. Augustine, Florida. They were both active board members of the EMMA Concert Association for many years, with Charlie serving as president 2004-2009, and Eva serving as president 2009-2014.

Charlie's favorite pastime was to travel by car throughout the U.S. with a mission of exploring a theme, such as the Lewis and Clark Trail, the OregonTrail, and the First Continental Railroad, to mention a few. For over 60 years he was also a licensed radio "ham" with call sign AF4WF. Charlie was a great fan of classical music and attended most of the EMMA concerts presented in St. Augustine.

Charlie was preceded in death by his parents, sister, and two of his sons, A. Rand and Charles Douglas. He leaves behind his soul-mate wife Eva; son, Paul, and his wife, Susan; three grandchildren, Erica (Michael), Christopher and Victoria; one great-granddaughter, Riley; stepdaughter, Anna Zawisza; brother, Jim and his wife Nancy and their three daughters; and his adopted family, Britt and Heather Corry and their children Joseph and Kjarstie.

Memorial service will take place at 11 a.m. Jan. 11, 2018, at the San Sebastian Catholic Church, followed by the presentation of the flag and a reception in a hall inside the church building.

In lieu of flowers, those who fondly remember Charlie are welcome to send a donation in his memory to: EMMA Endowment Fund, P.O. Box 860130,St. Augustine, FL 32086.

Craig Funeral Home, Crematory & Memorial Park (www.craigfuneralhome.com) is in charge of arrangements.
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Published in St. Augustine Record from Jan. 7 to Jan. 9, 2018
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